Wayne Rooney Could Miss Newcastle Game

The Manchester United defense looked anything but strong in last night’s 2-2 draw at home to Benfica, in the European Champions League.

Wayne Rooney – injured hip

Two soft goals, an own goal early on from Phil Jones, when there was no danger, and a clearance error from new Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea which led to Benfica’s second goal, could now make it difficult for the Red Devils to make it through the group rounds.

The Red Devils need to avoid defeat at Basel in the final group game to prevent an early elimination from the competition for last year’s beaten finalists. We wonder if Alan Pardew was at Old Trafford last night to check out Saturday’s opposition?

Wayne Rooney did not play last night and is a doubt for Newcastle’s game at Old Trafford on Saturday, but Alex Ferguson will be hoping that Wayne has recovered from his hip injury to play against the Magpies

Last Saturday was not a good time to play Manchester City, who also came a cropper last night when they lost 2-1 in Naples, but Manchester United are nowhere near their best form at the moment,  with some questions about their defense.

This is what Alaex Ferguson said after the game last night about Rooney:

“He wasn’t fit for tonight, so we need to wait to see what he is like over the next few days,” “We will give him every chance, of course – we did for today but he wasn’t really fit, so we’ll just have to wait.”

Rooney likes playing against Newcastle, and he  has scored ten goals in his career against the Magpies, and some of them have been rather spectacular goals too.

Newcastle will be trying to get something out of the game on Saturday and attempt to remain in the top four of the Premier League just as long as possible, as top teams like Chelsea, Arsenal and the Red Devils have all faltered this season.

Cheick Tiote is likely to return to the side in place of Danny Guthrie, after recovering from his knee injury.

Even a point on Saturday would be a very good result.

Howay The Lads!!.

15 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 23, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #1

    ed you posted late today

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed woke up late after watching championsleague matches and especially MANu match and SFAs reaction.

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    I mean SAF’s

  • Scottiedog

    Nov 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Best chance we have had for a long time to beat Man U!!!

  • spitfire_

    Nov 23, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    I worry more about the hobbit.

  • Lachu

    Nov 23, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    its a mind game , he ll be 1st on the team sheet for saturday

  • Lachu

    Nov 23, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7

    but with Welbeck out , and if he starts Giggs , fletcher midfield we have a very good chance for 3 points not just 1.. looks like the best chance for us in years , my prediction is 1-3 to the toon

  • terencelim

    Nov 23, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    They don’t need Rooney, they have Phil Dowd.

  • magpiebop

    Nov 23, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Time we gave Manure a good whipping at there place!

  • martoon

    Nov 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #10

    I really hope Rooney doesn’t play because he has not scored for ages and always seems to score against us! However I think Latchu is right it’s a mind game he will play 🙁

  • toonincheek

    Nov 23, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Do ManU have a Champions League game next week to think about?

    Or can they just concentrate on Saturday?

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Nov 23, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #12

    @martoon Are you Martin Shields?

  • martoon

    Nov 23, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Toonincheek – unfortunately no, they don’t play their last game against Basel until Wed 7th Dec. However they are playing Crystal Palace in the quarter final of the Carling Cup next Wednesday but how seriously SAF will take this I don’t know. I would say the way they are playing it is probably their most realistic chance of winning something this season!

  • martoon

    Nov 23, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Hugh – no I’m not – just a ‘sad’ old engineer who is a bit bored at work at the moment!

  • Scottishtoon95

    Nov 23, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Anyone else think we knackered city out? They looked exhausted against Napoli.


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