Wayne Rooney did not play in Manchester United’s 4-3 victory over Newcastle. After the match, United’s manager Alex Ferguson revealed that Rooney had injured his knee the day before. The injury occurred on a volley Rooney made in practice.
Rooney is suffering a “strained a ligament behind the knee”, said Ferguson, “It’s unfortunate, and he could be out for two to three weeks.”
While it is never good to be injured, Rooney’s injury could have come at a worse time. In the next two to three weeks United does not have the toughest schedule. They only have two matched against teams in the top half of the standings.
United will take on West Bromwich Albion, Wigan Athletic, West Ham United, and Liverpool. Liverpool is currently 10th in the standings and West Brom is currently in fifth. Wigan currently is in 18th place and at the moment looks destined for relegation, while West Ham sits at 12th.
It seemed like league leading United would get by Newcastle easily, however that did not happen. The same could possibly end up happening to United especially against West Bromwich or Liverpool, but look for them to keep up their winning ways. 24 of United’s 46 total points this year have come from games where they came from behind and won.
Even if United goes down early like they did against Newcastle, they have experience from coming from behind this season. In the Newcastle game alone, they came back and tied the game three times before scoring the game-winner late in the game.
United fans don’t worry about Rooney’s injury keeping United from their winning ways. Even if United doesn’t play their best football during this stretch, they should still maintain their league lead atop the standings table. Currently, United holds a seven point lead over second place and rivals Manchester City.