Rooney Worth the Risk in Season Defining Game?

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Should Wayne Rooney be risked for Manchester United’s fixture against Bayern Munich on Wednesday?

After the defeat against Chelsea, is the match against Bayern a season defining game? Lose to Bayern and we could end the season only winning the Carling Cup only, which rightly or wrongly many will see as a failure. No doubt Sir Alex Ferguson will come into criticism after the departure of Ronaldo and Tevez last summer if the Carling Cup is the only trophy we pick up this season. So yes, Bayern on Wednesday is a season defining game as the Premier League is no longer in our hands, we are hoping for Chelsea to slip up.

On Monday, Rooney apparently took part in a secret training session which suggests he could be available against Bayern. Personally, if Rooney is anywhere near 75% fit he should be involved in the match day squad. The sensible option would be for Rooney to start on the substitute and only bring on if required (I bloody hope is not required!!).

If Rooney is to be risked and suffers a recurrence of the injury what short term damage will it do to our season? It would virtually rule him out for the remainder thereby hampering our title ambitions. Of course England fans and the media won’t be happy.

What are the options if Rooney isn’t risked? Play Berbatov in the lone striker role or play Federico Macheda alongside Berbatov in a 4-4-2 formation. I feel Berbatov is less suited to the lone striker role so I would play Macheda also, who looked lively and scored (granted, a tad fortunate) when he replaced Scholes against Chelsea. However, my worry of playing a 4-4-2 formation leaves us perhaps outnumbered in centre midfield and additional work for the already jaded Darren Fletcher.

What do you think, should Rooney be risked? Is this a season defining game for United?

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7 Comments

  1. i am listeinng to the radio reports say that rooney has missed traing today. he could be doing exta gym work on his own i hope so. who you play up front i would got with bebrbatov and macheada, go for attack if we lose then we can say fergie tried to attack them.

  2. ya i think 4 4 2 he will play with berbatov and macheada. i think we cant play with scholes giggs. flecther does not play well with them. i think he has to do more work in middfield. as we saw in bayern and chelsea match. I think carrick has to start with fltechter. so h can support our front line more. also silva has to play instead of nevile our even o shean i herd he trained today as well. as we say belive

  3. well if we get an early goal ya. but if you rember the city game the carling cup game we were lossing 2 -1 to. we scored to early second half goals scholes and carrick then tevez sored rooney scored in the last minute. if we dont score early. i think something like that again. . i am condifent we will go through i jiust hope we do it the easy way

  4. ya i have jiust herd gutted. but fergie did say rooney might ask him to put him on the becnch. could fergie be playing mind games as well you nevere no jiust have to see.

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