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?