ROONEY FIT TO FACE SOUTHAMPTONBy quadrihatic 08:59 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 Comments
The England international missed their last two
matches through injury but has given Louis van
Gaal a boost by recovering in time for their
upcoming visit to St Mary's
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has
declared striker Wayne Rooney to be fit to face
Southampton on Sunday.
The 29-year-old became England's all-time record
goalscorer during the international break earlier in
September, but returned to Old Trafford with a
hamstring injury. The striker missed their 3-1 win
over Liverpool last Saturday and subsequent 2-1
defeat to PSV in the Champions League three days
However, Van Gaal has revealed that Rooney and
Phil Jones are being welcomed back to the first
team, which is respite to the double leg break
inflicted on Luke Shaw in United's loss to the
reigning Dutch champions on Tuesday.
"Shaw's injury is a big loss but Rooney is fit to play
versus Southampton and Jones has trained with the
group," the coach told reporters on Friday.
"Rooney's was a minor injury you don't want to
take any risks. Now he has had his treatment, I
think he can start."
Van Gaal also discussed Shaw's injury - which is
set to sideline him for the rest of 2015-16 - and
suggested that the former Saints defender is
tackling his lengthy road to recovery in good spirits.
"I called him last night," the former Bayern Munich
and Barcelona boss added. "He sounds very strong,
which is amazing to me. It's a big surprise but a
"Maybe he shall come back [from hospital]
tomorrow, then it's a long period of rehabilitation.
There's still a long way to go. I am always saying
that it is not physical but also mental."
Shaw has been a constant figure in United's back
four this season alongside Daley Blind, Chris
Smalling and Matteo Darmian, and Van Gaal is
confident that he can find a replacement for the
England international in either Marcos Rojo or
"Memphis Depay and Shaw were a very good
combination, and now you have to build up a new
combination," he continued. "You have to start again
and that is difficult.
"Itâ€™s also difficult for the player who has to replace
him. But we have good replacements in Blind, Rojo
and Ashley Young."
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