Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that United Skipper Wayne Rooney is probably not going to be fit for his side’s New Year’s Eve tie against Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese manager omitted the Three Lions captain against Sunderland this week also and said that Rooney got the injury in training and was not certain of getting himself on the pitch. Mourinho also reveals that the issue is not a serious one however, he is unsure that the Englishman could recoup from the injury in time for the visit of Boro.
Inquired as to whether Rooney would be accessible at the end of the week against Boro, Mourinho answered: “Honestly, I don’t think so. I hope so. I would like. He is always a player I would like to have, but I have my little doubts. Let’s see the evolution.”
“It is a strained muscle. I don’t know if in English the name is the same as in Portuguese.
“It is a deep muscle and it is surrounded by others. You can have an injury there and still be able to move well, but he was not feeling very confident.
“So it is not a big deal, but in four days I have my doubts,” he added.
Mourinho was also asked if the Manchester United attacker was dropped due his performances and busy fixture issues but Mourinho completely denied it prior to face Boro on 31 December before facing West Ham United on 2 January.
“No, not really because the next match is on the 31st.”
“That’s not the problem. The problem for us is playing on the 31st and then the 2nd. That’s the problem for us as Manchester United. Sunderland have the privilege to play after that but for us that’s the problem.”
“He [Rooney] just felt a little thing in training yesterday [Christmas Day] and we all agreed that the best thing for him, and for us, was that he didn’t play today.”
Rooney has struggled for consistency this season and currently has three goals in 22 appearances for Manchester United this season in all competitions, with his lone Premier League strike, came on the opening day of the season against Bournemouth.