Can Manchester United survive without the injured Wayne Rooney?

Just as when it looked like things could not go worse for Manchester United and Louis Van Gaal, Wayne Rooney has suffered a knee ligament injury and is facing a 2-month injury layoff.

Manchester United’s current injury list

Manchester United's current injury list

The news was confirmed by Sky Sports, where Rooney joined the long list to become United’s 13th player out injured this season. During his 6-weeks recovery time, Rooney will miss 11 matches in total including crucial Premier League matches against Arsenal, Man City, Tottenham and Everton.

We have seen how poorly United have performed despite Rooney scoring consistently since the turn of New Year. So one can only imagine if United can survive without Rooney in their lineup for next 6 weeks?

There are growing fears among United setup about this season being United’s worse ever campaign in Premier League era. Van Gaal’s team are currently 5th in the table, however, with teams like Liverpool, Southampton and West Ham eager to topple them in coming weeks.

Can Man United survive without Wayne Rooney?

With Rooney sidelined for 2 months, United could struggle even more and might finish below the shambolic 7th place achieved under David Moyes couple seasons ago.

One gets the feeling, the season could not be getting any worse for Man United. It all started with Van Gaal letting go far too may players at the beginning of season, and then failing to replace them.

Rooney’s initial blip in form did not help either. While some of the load was shared by Anthony Martial’s brilliance, United have continued to struggle for goals.

Poor from of Memphis Depay, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera coupled with injuries to the entire back-line have made the matters even worse for United this season.

If you are a United fan, the only consolation at the very time is that Jose Mourinho looks set to takeover at the club next season. While he is no miracle worker, but could provide better answers than Louis Van Gaal has been able to offer so far in his reign as United manager.

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