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Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 172

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Wayne Rooney scored his 100th Premier League goal at Old Trafford and added an assist as Manchester United belatedly closed out the season with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth.
It wasn't all highlights for Rooney who looked a lot like a Steven Gerrard wannabe early on. Every pass seemed like it needed to go 40+ yards cross field or it wasn't worth doing and it was leading to nothing. Late in the first half, Rooney played a simpler ball out wide and a nice interchange saw Anthony Martial free in the box to center to Rooney for an easy tap in. Marcus Rashford added a second in the second half with Rooney feeding Ashley Young for United's third in the late going. The only bad news was the stoppage time goal from Max Gradel that deflected off of Chris Smalling and robbed David De Gea of his clean sheet. May 17 - 4:54 PM
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Wayne Rooney made it through his U21 match earlier in the week and will be available in some capacity over United's two Week 34 matches.

With Rooney returning from a leg injury that kept him out for approximately two months fitness and sharpness are likely to be concerns even after a run out with the U21s this week. With Marcus Rashford playing very well in Rooney's absence expect a substitute appearance over the weekend and a start in mid-week for the United captain. 90 minutes total over the two matches should be as much as fantasy managers can expect from Rooney this week.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 15 - 10:33 AM

Wayne Rooney's recovery will continue on Monday with the England forward scheduled to play approximately 60 minutes for United's U21s against Middlesbrough.

Things continue to be a bit of a mess at Old Trafford as the Red Devils try to figure out a configuration that works for them. There were numerous players played out of position at White Hart Lane including Ashley Young playing the second half as a forward after coming in for an isolated Marcus Rashford. The potential return of Rooney presents as many questions as answers. United are currently four points adrift of Manchester City for the final Champions League spot and will need Rooney or someone to inspire a huge surge down the stretch.
Apr 11 - 10:53 AM

England and Manchester United captain is reportedly on track to return to the Red Devils line-up after the international break according to teammate Jesse Lingard.

Manchester United have been playing well in Rooney's absence with Marcus Rashford having burst onto the scene with five goals in all competitions and three in crucial Premier League victories over Arsenal and Manchester City. The potential return of Rooney, called a guaranteed starter by Louis Van Gaal earlier in the season, could put a damper on that form as Rooney's form hasn't been nearly as good as Rashford's. Look for Van Gaal to baby Rooney's injury to some extent.
Mar 22 - 8:56 AM

Reports are beginning to emerge that Wayne Rooney will be out for longer than originally anticipated. The Manchester United captain is believed to have suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee ligament injury.

Rooney was targeting a return after the international break in early April, a timeline which was confirmed by England coach Roy Hodgson last week: "Our doctor speaks to their [Manchester United’s] club doctor, and we were told that it was probably going to take six weeks." However, further tests have revealed the injury is not healing as quickly as expected and Rooney could be sidelined for another month with the skipper in a race against time to play again this season. There is no suggestion at this stage that his involvement at this summers’ European Championships is at risk.
Source: The Mirror
Mar 12 - 10:52 AM

Wayne Rooney has been ruled out for approximately two months after sustaining a knee injury while training for Manchester United's Europa League clash on Thursday.

The biggest impacts of Rooney's injury will likely be on the two young players Manchester United brought in at great expense over the summer. Anthony Martial will, in all likelihood, play in a central striking role with Memphis Depay perhaps getting an extended run in the wider attacking role Martial had been playing until Rooney's injury. Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata will likely continue to play wide on the right and centrally in the attacking three behind Martial respectively. With United highly unlikely to qualify for the Champions League at this point, the extended run for Depay could be something of a blessing in disguise heading into next season because the Red Devils need to figure out what they have in the young Dutchman.
Feb 17 - 11:26 AM

There has been no stopping Wayne Rooney in 2016 as the Manchester United captain continued to produce in a 3-0 thrashing of Stoke City.

The forward recorded a goal and an assist to give him four goals in the past five Premier League matches, which accounts for more than half of the club's goals in that span. But more importantly, Manchester United broke its infamous 12-game streak without a goal in the first half at Old Trafford thanks to Jesse Lingard's first half effort. Rooney then set up Anthony Martial just nine minutes after the opener for a 2-0 half-time lead before capping the night with a goal himself in the 53rd minute to put United into fifth place with 43 points. In injury news, Matteo Darmian returned from a rib injury to start at right-back while Michael Carrick was preferred to Morgan Schneiderlin in midfield.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 2 - 5:07 PM

Wayne Rooney set the record for the most goals scored for one club (176) in the 78th minute to lift Manchester United to a 0-1 victory over Liverpool.

It was not an impressive showing for either side at Anfield this day. The first half was filled with sloppy possession and shots off target with the Reds coming closest to finding an opener. David de Gea was then challenged in the second frame, and came up big, most noticeably with a fine double save of an Emre Can strike and Roberto Firmino follow-up. The historic goal came in the 78th minute when a Juan Mata corner was headed by Maourane Fellaini off the crossbar and the rebound fell to Rooney who smashed it in from close range. It was yet another win for the Red Devils this season where they really had to scrape for a result, but this one will feel good for Rooney, who has now scored four times in his last three games.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 17 - 11:14 AM

Wayne Rooney scored both a penalty and a screamer and picked up an assist as Manchester United scored three times but could only manage a draw at St. James' Park.

Manchester United continue to wilt under Louis Van Gaal's leadership and this time they don't have Wayne Rooney to blame. With United playing a more attacking brand of football they scored three times but they couldn't hold off Newcastle who came back from 2-0 and 3-2 to earn a 3-3 draw against their fabled opponents. Wayne Rooney scored twice and assisted the bright Jesse Lingard but it wasn't enough for three points. Lingard missed what should have been a goal in the second half that could have ensured the victory.
Jan 12 - 4:54 PM

It was another ugly performance but Manchester United squeaked by on a late Wayne Rooney penalty.

The Red Devils enjoyed the majority of the possession against Sheffield United but managed only a single shot on target before Rooney's penalty. Playing against lower level opposition the Red Devils continue to infuriate their supporters and confound pundits with their terrible play. Still, they're on to the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Jan 10 - 2:29 PM

Manchester United displayed an attack that has been dormant for many a week, as Wayne Rooney scored a match-winner to guide them to a 2-1 win over Swansea City.

The Red Devils have awoken, for now. Rooney and Anthony Martial's poor form were a major reason why United have been so short on goals this season, but both put in good shifts today. The game was goalless at halftime, but United looked the stronger side, with their best chance just missed by Juan Mata. The breakthrough came early in the 2nd frame, when Ashley Young delivered a cross that Martial was able to get on the end of to grab the lead. They allowed Swansea back into the match, capitulating in the 70th minute. Rooney saved the day though with a clever flick into the net from service provided by Martial. Just when Louis van Gaal looked on the brink of exiting Old Trafford, he and his side are beginning to turn things around.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 2 - 12:26 PM

Wayne Rooney was better than his dire worst against Chelsea last weekend and the speculation is that his Week 19 performance will get him another start against Swansea.

The notion that Rooney was actually good is dubious but it is hard to argue against the notion that he was at least better. Unfortunately, the depths of his performances have been such that "better" really isn't that impressive. Still, United aren't brimming with options so Rooney looks likely to get yet another chance to show something in this season of poor performances. Given that Swansea are abject at this point, there is some reason for optimism if you're looking for Rooney to return some fantasy points.
Jan 1 - 11:32 AM

Manchester United put in another miserable display with Louis van Gaal firmly in the hot seat, as they were outclassed by Stoke City in a 2-0 loss at the Britannia.

Things are falling apart for the Red Devils fast and furiously. van Gaal elected to start Wayne Rooney on the bench, and the first half was a disaster. The attack was lifeless, as it has been for many weeks running, while the defense collapsed in the opening goal for Stoke. A foul in a dangerous area allowed the Potters second goal to happen, but there was nothing David de Gea could do to stop it. van Gaal inserted Rooney in to begin the second half, and the United center forward was once again off-form and looked like he was searching to get sent off at times. United did create more chances in the second half, but Jack Butland continued his impressive form, stopping several shots on goal on his way to another clean sheet.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 10:02:00 AM

The return of Wayne Rooney to training this week could force Louis Van Gaal's hand as he has to decide if he wants to return the struggling Rooney to the starting line-up.

Wayne Rooney's injury was something of a blessing in disguise for Manchester United and Louis Van Gaal. As it turns out, United weren't any better without Rooney than they were with him as far as attacking goes but that probably has as much to do with Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial missing some time rather than Rooney. Now that all three, plus Juan Mata should be available there is a significant question about who will start and where. Assume Rooney is no better than a 75% probability to start and still of dubious value even if he does.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 09:53:00 AM

Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of Manchester United's Week 16 match with Bournemouth on the south coast.

The bigger issues for United will be at the back where they're missing six defenders who would be in contention to start this match but United are also light on attacking options with Rooney and Herrera both out. Rooney certainly hasn't been effective this season but he hasn't been any worse than the rest of the options save Anthony Martial and Juan Mata. United will struggle mightily without Rooney if Plan A doesn't work.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 11:30:00 AM