It looks like Manchester United will be without the services of Wayne Rooney this evening when Louis van Gaal’s side take on Liverpool.
The Daily Mail is one of several organisations that carry reports that the Manchester United striker will not be available for selection after picking up a hamstring injury.
That would leave Marouane Fellaini in line for a surprise start up front against Liverpool.
Rooney was not spotted arriving at the Lowry hotel on Friday evening as the Manchester United players gathered ahead of the match. It is believed he has suffered a hamstring injury and will undergo a late fitness test today.
However, he is now a major doubt to face the Reds - especially with Champions League football on the horizon next week.
The Mail report also suggests van Gaal will turn to Belgian international Fellaini instead of new £36m signing Anthony Martial. The former-Monaco man was a late signing for the Red Devils and clearly Manchester United do not believe he’s ready to be thrown in at the deep end against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
He has not featured yet this season with Sergio Romero deputising, but following the conclusion of contract talks De Gea seems ready to resume his playing duties.
It promises to be a fiery encounter between the two great rivals this evening, and Liverpool will certainly take heart from Rooney’s absence should the reports this morning prove to be correct.
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