Man Utd’s injury crisis worsens as Robin van Persie joins Wayne Rooney on the bench
The injury crisis at Old Trafford has worsened. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who was already troubled by the compromises he has had to make in his defense, will now have to juggle with an injury crisis to his attack.
Manchester United’s top two strikers Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney have been declared unfit before their countries’ friendlies on Wednesday. Some suggest this might be a clever ruse from Sir Alex Ferguson to prevent Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney from exhaustion and serious injuries in the friendlies.
Manchester United have a tough schedule in the upcoming days. Sir Alex Ferguson and Co. will have to prepare for four games in 11 days after the friendlies.
Injury reports have revealed that Wayne Rooney will miss England’s battle against Sweden due to an ankle injury. On the other hand, Robin van Persie has been sidelined from Netherland’s encounter against Germany due to a thigh strain.
This means Sir Alex Ferguson is left with only Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck in his attack before Manchester United’s trip to Norwich City on Saturday. Luckily, Norwich City isn’t expected to give Manchester United a tough time.
Sir Alex Ferguson has already guaranteed Javier Hernandez a start against Norwich City due to his immense goal-scoring for. Javier Hernandez scored a brace off the bench in Manchester United’s 3-2 comeback victory over Aston Villa last weekend.
Javier Hernandez, who has scored seven goals in his last five games, was demanding Sir Alex Ferguson for more starts in Manchester United’s first-team. However, with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie recording impressive form, Javier Hernandez was given little time to feature in Manchester United’s team.
Since Robin van Persie’s £24 million transfer from Arsenal, the Dutchman has scored eight goals in nine starts for Manchester United. Although, Robin van Persie has earned himself the nickname “glass-man”, the striker hasn’t missed a Premier League game since March 2011.
Wayne Rooney, who missed the early matches of the season due to a gash on his thigh, started in the last five Premier League games.
England manager Roy Hodgson will replace Wayne Rooney with Wilfried Zaha from the Championship side Crystal Palace. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will take up Robin van Persie’s place in the Netherland squad for the match against Germany.