Wayne Rooney hasn’t scored in his last 10 Premier League games, and he may not get a chance on Saturday to end his drought in front of goal.
The Manchester United captain, 29, became England’s all-time leading goalscorer over the international break but is said to be “doubtful” for the huge clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) due to injury.
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Numerous publications, including The Times and the Manchester Evening News, say that Rooney hurt his hamstring in training and was not at the team hotel for the pre-match briefing before the battle with bitter rivals Liverpool.
If Rooney is absent, either new signing Anthony Martial — just 19 years old with a heavy pricetag of $55 million hanging around his neck — could make his United debut, or Marouane Fellaini could be pushed up front to play on his own.
Regardless of Rooney not scoring in his four PL outings so far this season, not having their talisman and captain on the pitch will certainly hurt United’s chances of grabbing all three points against Liverpool.
In other team news ahead of this game, David De Gea could start after he signed a new four-year deal with United on Friday following the Deadline Day collapse of his proposed move to Real Madrid.