Wayne Rooney is ruled out of Manchester United's game with West Ham United

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has split opinion among fans this season.

The influential forward has fallen short of expectation while leading the line for the Red Devils and has scored a miserly two goals in 12 Premier League games. To put his goalscoring record into perspective, Daniel Sturridge has equally his tally in just 313 minutes of football.

Louis van Gaal's faith in his skipper has been unwavering as the Dutchman continued to deploy Rooney as the lone striker despite his struggles.


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However, he will need to find an alternative on Saturday, as the 30-year-old has been ruled out with what Van Gaal described as a 'nasty' ankle injury.

And the news of Rooney's absence - that will also keep him out of the midweek clash with Wolfsburg - has caused quite a stir on Twitter. 

Many so-called supporters have expressed their joy that England's all-time record goalscorer will not be taking to the field this weekend, claiming they play better without the centre forward. 

In the three games that Rooney has missed this season, Van Gaal's side have won two of them and scored six goals.

Here is some of the best reaction:

Some Manchester United fans were not so happy


With James Wilson out on loan, United are left with one fit striker in Anthony Martial.

The Frenchman could be moved in from the left side or Memphis Depay could be deployed having impressed in the win over Watford.

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