Manchester United - Rooney Out - Who Will Partner Berbatov?
UK time is: 15:05:58
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Rooney Out - Who Will Partner Berbatov?

Wayne Rooney is definitely out of tomorrow's Premier League clash against Bolton Wanderers. United's top scorer picked up an injury in England's 1-0 defeat at Ukraine - where he was easily the best English player on the pitch - and is now a doubt for next weekend's game at Anfield...

'Rooney's out - that's the one certainty,' the boss said.

'We're doing our best to get him fit for Wednesday but I've got my doubts.

'Wayne has a calf injury and they can be troublesome. I certainly hope he'll be fit for Liverpool but we won't be taking any chances in Moscow.'


United have signed only one striker in the summer, Michael Owen, who is not fully fit yet but will be involved against Bolton. That means we have only one fully fit senior striker and that is Dimitar Berbatov - who might miss the game as his partner is due to give birth soon.

But let's assume he'll play because even if he's available the lack of options up front is obvious. Fergie has four realistic alternatives if Owen is indeed not fit enough to start.

The first is to play with a lone striker with three attacking midfielders behind him. In this scenario Berbatov would lead the line and Giggs would be tucked in behind him with Nani and Valencia on the flanks. I think this is the most likely to happen.

Then Fergie could throw recently recovered Gabriel Obertan into the deep end but it's extremely improbable. Obertan will be given more time, I can't see him being involved tomorrow.

Third and fourth options are, of course, the youngsters: Federico Macheda or Danny Welbeck. Welbeck got his chance against Sunderland and he was dreadful but he's got a good excuse for that performance: he's not a winger even though he had showed himself capable of playing there in the past. He played one game as a centre-forward this season and on that occasion, against Wolves in the Carling Cup, he scored the winning goal.

Macheda did not set the world on fire any time he started a game: his two memorable performances last season came when he was only a substitute. Again, an unlikely option.

Oh, and I hear you ask 'what if Berbatov also misses the game?'. Well folks then we have to pray that someone, somehow will score a goal and that we'll be able to keep Bolton out...




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 16 2009

Time: 3:59PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
I thought when Macheda started against Boro away last season he played reasonably well in a 3 pronged attack. If Berbatov was to miss the game I would go with Kiko and Owen.
NotoriousRedDevil
Report Abuse
17/10/2009 01:32:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

United Linked to Bayern Player (Saturday May 30 2015)

Meanwhile 47 Years Ago Today! (Friday May 29 2015)

Learning the Lingo! (Thursday May 28 2015)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. TheFamousNo7 92
2. luqson 1

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 38 26 9 3 41 87
2. Man City 38 24 7 7 45 79
3. Arsenal 38 22 9 7 35 75
4. Man Utd 38 20 10 8 25 70
5. Spurs 38 19 7 12 5 64
6. Liverpool 38 18 8 12 4 62
7. Southampton 38 18 6 14 21 60

Breaking League News

Berahino Named Players' Player Of The Year
WBA : 30/05/2015 14:40:01
HK - Villa Through To Last Eight
Aston Villa : 30/05/2015 14:27:01
Gabby & Okore Pre Wembley
Aston Villa : 30/05/2015 14:22:00
Match Day Moments - Thailand All-Stars (a)
Chelsea : 30/05/2015 11:38:00
Top-Notch Striker Linked to United Move
Man Utd : 30/05/2015 11:29:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Hull City?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
Valdes 60%
Valencia 4%
Smalling 1%
Jones 0%
Rojo 1%
Blind 1%
Mata 0%
Herera 13%
Young 2%
Rooney 4%
Di Maria 4%
Fellaini 7%
Januzaj 1%
Wilson 2%