ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Can Wayne Rooneys injury turn out to be a good thing for Manchester United?

Updated on February 12, 2013
Wayne Rooney's leg injury
Wayne Rooney's leg injury | Source

Looking like he could be out for 8 weeks

After the large cut that Wayne Rooney recieved with a clash with Hugo Rodallega in the Fulham match, it is looking very likely he could be out of action for up to 8 weeks.

With Rooney being out of shapes of late could this be a blessing in disguise?

Recent form

Everyone is well aware of Wayne's recent poor form.

After starting late in the Euro's due to suspension he looked very slow and well off the pace and I am sure if Roy Hodgson had the choice he wouldn't have taken him, instead opting to take a player that could have played from the very start of the competition. Wayne didn't really bring anything to the competition a lot of which SAF puts down to him needing a run of games to find his best form, this just isn't an option when you have a 27 day rest period between the end of the EPL and the start of the Euro's.

He started the EPL as he finished first choice striker with Danny Welbeck, Hernandez and Berbatov playing 2nd fiddle to him but still continued the poor run of form from the Euro's.

Does Sir Alex buy?

I am sure SAF is asking himself, "do I need to buy a replacement striker for cover as 8 weeks is a long time in the EPL and I won't wont to lose any ground on City at this early stage?".

In my view he doesn't need to, not with the cover he has and the quality involved. He still has 4 fully fit strikers to choose from. Hernandez has proved in his first full season with Utd that he is a quality striker that can score plenty of goals, Danny Welbeck has estasblished himself as an England regular and like Hernandez is getting better with every game he plays. Berbatov is a player with outstanding quanltiy, magic first touch and even though he only played 21 games and scored 9 for united last season, he has proved from getting more games in 20010/11 season that if he plays more he will come away with a good scoring record (app 41 scored 21).

The last and arguably the best striker that united now have on their books is of course Robin Van Persie. Although he has come through a rough road with injuries it would appear from last seasons appearance record that they are behind him. With a fantastic record of 48 apperances and 37 goals last term for Arsenal there is no doubting his quality.

Hernandez | Source
Robin Van Persie
Robin Van Persie | Source

Who will come off best from Waynes injury.

it may sound a bit absurd but United are going to be the main winners.

One of the reasons will be the likes of Danny Welbeck and Hernandez will get more games and improve but with Van Persie probably starting just about every game they will have nothing to worry about.

In his time out Wayne will realise he is no longer first choice and when fit again he will know he has to fight for his place. In any football club the manager will always say competition for places is good for the team. Although as a player no one likes to be dropped but if like Wayne you are a fighter then you are going to take the chances when they come to you.

If you look back to when United won the treble they had 4 fantastic strikers in Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Dwight Yorke and Ole Gunner Solskjaer all battling it out to start every match. For any team to be top of their respective league then they need to have players all over the pitch fighting for their places.

Another point will be that SAF will realise that he doesn't need to rely so much on Wayne and actual take a bit of pressure of him, pressure on some players to score goals is a good thing but when a player is a bit temperamental like Wayne has proved he can be, then sooner or later he will explode.

Who will make the best of a bad situation?

Who will make the most of Wayne Rooneys injury?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)