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Rooney Out!

United have been hit by the news that Wayne Rooney will miss the start of the new campaign due to a virus picked up in Nigeria.

Rooney joins Ronaldo, Nani, Anderson, Saha and possibly Owen Hargreaves in missing the start of our new season - which includes away trips to Pompey, Chelsea and Liverpool.

There is no news on whether or not Carrick (who is also known to have picked up the virus) will be abel to make the season opener against Newcastle at Old Trafford.

The news means youngster Fraizer Campbell is sure to see first team action sooner than expected; asuming Ferguson decides not to pursue interest in a striker.

Though this news is a tough one, there is one bright spark....Carlos Tevez. The Argentine has revelled in the absnse of Rooney and Ronaldo in pre-season and is sure to be our main thrust going forward.

There will be more on the Rooney injury as we get it...

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Writer: United4Life  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 5 2008

Time: 3:00PM

Your Comments

what did i say? we NEED another striker, now we are stuck wih tevez and unexperienced Campbell.........unless we play the dreaded 4-5-1 with tevez as the lone striker, and without ronaldo that formation is too negative. BUY BERBATOV FFS or any proven striker
It's devastating for United that Rooney is out. I really feel for him - he is so unlucky with injuries and that. We saw how United struggled last season in his absence - I really worry about us now. I know we've just won the Double, in breathtaking form, but I just have my worries for next season. We've lost our brilliant coach, Queiroz, and possibly Ronaldo too (at least for a couple of months) and besides, all the weary transfer talk leaves me wondering how motivated he'll be should he stay. On top of that, countless players are being ruled out for the start of the season, and Tottenham's constant defiance to selling Berbatov means this has been a thoroughly sickening close-season for United.
Man utd champions
P.S. Sorry about the rant - it's just everything seems to be going wrong at once for United. Rooney's luck (or lack of it) with injuries is just the last straw.
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Time for a few young hero's to raise their heads...
Im not sure what all the pessisism about Campbell and Tevez is take that over alot of other teams front-line. Plus, its only temporary - we dont want to be like Chelsea and sign someone for the sake of a few games (cough, Anelka, cough). This is the reason you have a "squad". If fergie wasnt going to buy a striker, I hope this news doenst change his mind.
Of course ferguson wants a striker, thats why he bid for BERBATOV!!! DUH!!! :| it doesnt take a genius to see that we need more strength in depth upfront, lets compare our strikers to chelsea, liverpool and arsenal: chelsea(play with 1 frontman): Anelka, Drogba, Shevchenko, Pizarro.......Arsenal: Adebayor, Van Persie, Walcott, Eduardo, Vela, Bendthner.........Liverpool: Torres, Keane, Veronin, Gerrard(can play second striker), Babel. Where as our striker are: Rooney, Tevez, Saha(always injured), Campbell.........I am sorry but thats not good enough for a club like ours
If I mention Dong will I get a slap?
RedDevils you shoot yourself in the foot there. Look at all the front lines above...all of them have an obvious 2 main strikers (Adebayor+Van Persie, Torres+Keane, Drogba+Anelka) and our man two are Tevez+Rooney. Campbell, Saha and Manucho are more than adequate cover. I would liek Berbatov but I dont want him disrupting the Rooney, Tevez partnership.
...and yes Tosswink you will! :)
id be happy with campbell and tevez against the samller teams but seeing as we do have chelsea and liverpool so early on i think we may need a new striker.
omg, panic in the ranks!!! call in the army, send out for reinforcements! looking for a striker mates...? we have surplus. should we ship pizzaro over? special knocked down price just for you! ha ha ha ha ha.
johnny come lately
and much as i hate serial-diver ronaldo, his question mark for the coming season will rip the heart out of you guys. who's gonna get you the 40 odd goals he was worth last season! get ready to bite our dust, guys
johnny come lately
Its a long season every team will have injury problems at some point maybe your just getting yours out of the way early.
^ WOW! Just when you thought Chelsea fans couldnt be any ****ier; alongs comes JCL.
johnny come lately, you are really annoying man....go get some milk and cookies and go to bed or something... why dont you send drogba to the olympics or something? im sure he would get the gold in diving!
Its funny how the blues hide their fears behind the fact that ronaldo will not get 40 next season. he obviously wont, but neither will tevez get 18 or rooney14 or whatever. or nani 4 or smth... or anderson one obviously takes into consideration of rooneys missful year or tevez's adaptive period or first season. same with nani and ando...sooooooooooooooooooooooo....take 20 off ronaldo to keep them blues wishing, add 7-8 to rooney, 5-6 to tevez, 3-4 to nani and 3-4 to ando, and what do you get you wishful blues??? 18-22 goals silly! and that covers ronaldo's goal-tally drop....sooooooooooooooooo all that i've said = to....???? the same offence that walked all over everyone last year:D...i think 2008/9 is going to be great, eh JCL????
at the end of the day, why should we believe that the blues will be even better this year and that we have reached peak performance so the only way for us is down, and up for them? they've been saying that 2 years in a row..bullfeaces....
if liverpool get some decent wingers, they should be the ones to look out for
as for our injuries, how long does this virus need to go away? isnt it a bit far-streched?
united4life, do you really see manucho coming over? i havent heard anything of him. its think it was a wrong transfer move, because we obviously wont get a work permit for him again, and saha is nowhere near dependable, so, i agree that we have a striker issue there. i read today that saha has a fresh knee nice:D
btw, has anyone seen the peterborough match? im really excited about Rafael Da Silva! (that's the right back). He's quick and technically gifted but also has a superb tackle! I think we got ourselves another evra there!he was one of the best with peterborough...on the otherhand, we were playing against peterborough afterall...what do you think?
He was awesome again tonight. I can se him being our future RB. As for Manucho, I guess only time will tell.
give campbell a chance, i know it was onlychampionship but he looked dangerous everytime he broke free, his work rate was tremendous. if you dont want him we'll ****ing take him off you, please!!!
haha u4l, can't take as good (or is that 'as bad' in your case) as you give? alexpanty i consider it mission accomplished when manure fans find me annoying. thanks, you just made my day - i can now truly enjoy my milk and cookies :) oh and just to set the record straight, drogba would get the olympics silver (for diving) at best. nobody and i mean nobody has yet been born that can that can take gold in an event that has your serial diver, diva-diver's name etched in stone around it.
johnny come lately
alex, on the plusses and minuses in the GF column... very good math. shall i recommend you for the nobel? yep, i agree, 2008/09 is gonna be great. especially if its a season that remains reasonably injury-free for us. an injury-blighted chelsea pushed you right down to the wire and all but took the CL... this year with most of our problems fixed, imagine what is in store for your paper tigers. hmmmm... i couldn't agree with you more - great season ahead!! want some milk and cookies? enjoy! ha ha ha
johnny come lately
agree MikeRoberts - if he doenst get hsi chance now, when wil he?
Does anyone have anything on the rumour that Rooney's back in training? I worry he's pushing himself too much to be fit for the start of the season - the fact Fergie described him as "weak" and that he's lost half a stone worries me. That doesn't sound like Rooney at all.
Man utd champions
"if liverpool get some decent wingers, they should be the ones to look out for", omg alex, downgrading yourself for a fourth place fight already? i'm with you on that: i predict a chelsea-gooner fight for the title.
johnny come lately
The team that is better than Utd wins the league. Simple as.
and as they say: pride always goes before a fall. simple as.
johnny come lately
like i said, IF liverpool get some good wingers, I see a very good starting eleven. be my guest and write everyone off like a usual chelsea fan. If you think any of the big 4 can be taken lightly, it just shows how much you know on football. I bet you knew from july last year that arsenal would be so competitive, eh?
to be honest alex, (about the gooners) no i didn't, but i sure did about chelsea! how about that? but, you're just shooting your mate u4l in the foot with a comment like: 'write everyone off like a usual chelsea fan'. so, how do you justify: 'The team that is better than Utd wins the league. Simple as'. pot-kettle syndrome again :))
johnny come lately
JCL, don't you think that a team who has just won the Double (retaining the Premier League) has the slightest right to suggest that another team is going to have to be better than United to come out on top??? I also believe that the team that is better than Chelsea will win the league. Both are going to be very strong challengers, that's all.
Man utd champions
It's not being over-confident, it's just stating a fact after the events of last season. I am no way saying "we will definately win the league"...all im saying is that we are not going to drastically decline so the team that is better than us, wins the league. Could be you, coud be Arsenal, could be Liv- err, actually, no it couldnt. :)
Rooney's getting closer to playing, but I think the best we can hope for is a place on the bench against Newcastle.
Man utd champions
Rooney played against Newcastle, but looked a little rusty (as did most of the team, I add) so hopefully with Tevez comign back in against Portsmouth, some of those goalscoring problems should ease off soon.
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