Rooney ruled out ahead of United’s meeting with Middlesbrough

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Manchester United’s form has picked up as of late, but the club will be without their captain ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Middlesbrough.

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Wayne Rooney has been ruled out by the Red Devils after picking up a thigh injury on Christmas Day during training. The veteran attacker also missed the team’s 3-1 win over Sunderland on Boxing Day with the same setback.

This season, the 31-year-old has scored just once in 14 Premier League appearances for United, who currently sit sixth in the table.