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Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney will be assessed after picking up a knee injury at his former stomping ground on Sunday.

Rooney was replaced during the dying moments at Goodison Park by the returning Robin van Persie although he didn’t appear to be in too much discomfort. The injury capped a miserable afternoon on Merseyside as United were outclassed and outfought with James McCarthy exemplary in his play. Louis van Gaal confirmed post-match "Yes, Rooney was injured. He had a shot on his knee, so we have to wait and see how heavy [serious] it is." United supporters will be hoping his withdrawal was more of a precaution with the game already over as a contest [3-nil] as Liverpool are still within touching distance of fourth spot. On a more positive note Daley Blind and Adnan Januzaj [both ankle] were passed fit prior to the game.
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 27 - 5:36 AM

Manchester United played to their second consecutive loss as they looked flat in their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Everton.

A return to Goodison for Marouane Fellaini was the main storyline for the Red Devils as they looked to rebound from their loss to Chelsea last weekend but they instead played worse. Their defense was unorganized from the jump which led to the early deficit and their attack was dormant. Fellaini picked up a yellow card and was summarily subbed off to begin the second half for Radamel Falcao. Falcao breathed a bit of life into the attack but neither he nor Angel Di Maria who came on later could match the intensity of the opposition. The loss opens the door for Liverpool to edge closer to them for the final Champions League spot.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 26 - 10:36 AM

Robin van Persie came through a U21 match successfully in mid-week and injuries could push him into the starting line-up for the senior squad in Week 34.

If Michael Carrick (doubtful) and Daley Blind (50/50) both miss out again for Manchester United in Week 34 it could set off a chain of events that leads to Robin van Persie being restored to the starting eleven. If neither holding midfielder is healthy, Wayne Rooney may be forced back in the formation for the second consecutive week. After a less-than-impressive outing against Chelsea, Louis Van Gaal seems unlikely to give Falcao another start unless he doesn't think RvP has regained his fitness. RvP hasn't been fantastic this season when he has been healthy but United's injury situation could give him another shot. It's worth monitoring in formats where you can make changes after line-ups are announced.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 24 - 11:09 AM

Daley Blind missed last weekend against Chelsea with an ankle injury and appears to be 50/50 to return for United's Week 34 trip to Goodison Park.

Everton have been playing better in recent weeks and Manchester United have struggled this season when forced to play Wayne Rooney at holding midfielder due to the absence of Carrick (very doubtful) and Blind (50/50). United may still have what it takes to beat mid-table Everton but the absence of Carrick and Blind, if indeed neither are fit enough to play, reduce the value of United players across the board for fantasy purposes. Wayne Rooney is much less valuable as a holding midfielder than as a forward and Ashley Young and Fellaini struggled in this alignment last weekend as well. Beware of picking United players to bounce back.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 24 - 11:05 AM

Michael Carrick is unlikely to recover in time to feature for Manchester United at Goodison Park in Week 34 action.

United struggled once again in the absence of Michael Carrick last weekend. The former Spurs midfielder missed the match at Stamford Bridge with a calf complaint and while United dominated possession, they generated precious little danger from that possession. Carrick has been critical to United's conversation of possession into effective attack this season so his absence could cause a concern even against middling Everton.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 24 - 11:01 AM

Rafael may have played his final game for Manchester United after X-rays revealed the full-back suffered cracked ribs during Mondays’ draw against Leicester City whilst playing for the development side.

Rafael clashed with Anthony Knockaert taking an accidental knee to the chest towards the end of the first half and subsequent tests show the full-back will miss around 6 weeks. Rafael has been nothing more than a bit part player this season following another injury ravaged campaign and the Brazilian now looks surplus to requirements at Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal has been promised another transfer war chest. Chris Smalling recently signed a new contract and with Phil Jones expected to follow suit Rafael's future is becoming increasingly uncertain along with Jonny Evans who may have to make way with Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund being touted as the next big money signing.
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 22 - 7:13 AM

Ashley Young couldn't follow up his virtuoso performance in the Manchester Derby when United traveled to Stamford Bridge for Week 33.

Ashley Young was everywhere as Manchester United dominated local rivals and defending champions Manchester City. Chelsea's defensive strategy neutralized Ashley Young as well as his frequent partner in recent crime Marouane Fellaini. The lack of counterattacking opportunities meant that Young had to attempt crosses into a crowded box and his most frequent target, Fellaini, was blanketed by Kurt Zouma. The good news for Young's fantasy outlook is that United aren't likely to face as stubborn a defense until they face Arsenal in mid-May.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 21 - 9:49 PM

After five weeks on the sidelines, Luke Shaw gave his best performance in a Red Devils uniform against Chelsea.

Shaw hasn't come close to justifying his massive transfer fee yet but Week 33 saw the first evidence that better things are on the way. The result might have been slightly skewed because Chelsea conceded possession and didn't force Shaw to play a lot of defense but at this point in the season any good signs are welcome when it comes to Shaw.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 21 - 9:37 PM

Ander Herrera delivered solid phantom stats in Week 33 despite his team being shut out by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Ander Herrera's fantasy performance mirrored Manchester United's supposed dominance in the match - it looked pretty good on paper but ultimately wasn't close to contributing to a win. Herrera, best known for his attacking, picked up significant points by intercepting five passes, winning three fouls, and winning three tackles but his only attacking contribution was a single corner won. Even after a yellow card he contributed solid phantom points but that there were no attacking points underscored the fallacy in United claiming even a moral victory in helping dominate possession.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 21 - 9:23 PM

Injury problems are beginning to mount for Manchester United as Rafael [ribs] and Adnan Januzaj [ankle] picked up problems playing for the under-21s on Monday. However Louis van Gaal is hopeful that Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Daley Blind will be available for this weekends’ trip to Goodison Park although Michael Carrick remains a doubt due a persistent calf problem.

The United development side took on Leicester but not all the news was bad as Robin van Persie continued his recovery from ankle ligament damage to play over an hour while defender Jonny Evans started for the first time since completing his 6-game ban. United sit just 1-point above their city rivals in third place following defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and Louis van Gaal will be keen to welcome back any of the quartet despite producing "Our best match of the season." A return for either Blind or Carrick is likely to release Wayne Rooney with the captain moving back into a more attacking role.
Apr 21 - 8:59 AM

Radamel Falcao has struggled mightily this season but Louis Van Gaal might be forced to start him due to the injury crisis United is suffering.

Falcao has gone from world superstar to human victory cigar in what seems like record time since his arrival at Old Trafford. Week 33 could represent a chance at some small measure of redemption. With Wayne Rooney potentially forced back into midfield to cope with the absences of Carrick and Blind and RvP just returning to fitness, Falcao could start at forward for Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. It's certainly no guarantee but for those invested in the Colombian hitman at least there's a chance.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 17 - 10:50 AM

Louis Van Gaal has had to do some serious shuffling to compensate for injuries and the shuffle might see Wayne Rooney play as a holding midfielder again.

Manchester United's fortunes seemed to turn around when Robin van Persie got hurt, Louis Van Gaal returned Wayne Rooney to his traditional role as a forward and Michael Carrick got healthy. With Carrick injured again and Daley Blind joining hi on the sidelines with an injury of his own, Louis Van Gaal has indicated that he might be forced to return Rooney to a holding midfield role. For United, this could mean trouble given how ineffective they were when they lined up this way earlier in the season. For fantasy managers, it means trouble because Rooney will likely be getting few chances in attack while also not getting credit for things like clean sheets that holding midfielders get in some formats.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 17 - 10:45 AM

Luke Shaw has been out for five weeks but is likely to be rushed back into the fire against Chelsea as Manchester United try to cope with an injury crisis in defense.

Luke Shaw hasn't been good this season when he has been healthy and he hasn't been healthy all that much either. Shaw's latest injury came in Manchester United's FA Cup loss to Arsenal a little over a month ago. He has been back in training for only a short time but it appears likely that he will be rushed back into the starting eleven due to the absence of Daley Blind who has been deputizing at left back and Marcos Rojo who has played there occasionally for United and Argentina. Look for Jose Mourinho to test the left side of United's defense frequently.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 17 - 10:41 AM

Daley Blind will miss the Week 33 match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with an ankle injury picked up when Vincent Kompany came in high on the United utility player in last weekend's Manchester Derby.

Blind's injury leaves two holes for Louis Van Gaal to fill. In recent weeks, Blind has been playing left back in place of an injured and frequently ineffective Luke Shaw. Earlier in the season, Blind was frequently deployed as a holding midfielder in place of the injured Michael Carrick who is again injured. Luke Shaw will be available to take back the left back spot but holding midfield is definitely up for grabs with both Blind and Carrick absent. Louis Van Gaal has indicated that he might be forced to revert to playing Wayne Rooney in the deep-lying role and rushing Robin van Persie back into the line-up.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 17 - 10:37 AM

Marcos Rojo will miss out on a chance to start in Manchester United's big match against Chelsea with an abdominal issue.

Marcos Rojo's season hasn't gone to script after arriving as a big money signing after performing well at the World Cup over the summer. With Louis Van Gaal unable to get traction with a 3-5-2 formation, Rojo has mostly had to watch as Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have seized the starting center back spots. Phil Jones' ankle injury will keep him out of the Week 33 match at Stamford Bridge but Rojo won't be able to capitalize because he will miss out himself with an abdominal injury. With Jonny Evans still suspended, look for either Paddy McNair or Tyler Blackett to deputize against the leaders.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 17 - 10:32 AM



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