Wayne Rooney is reported completely fit after he suffered from a knee injury months back.
He could feature in the sixth round FA cup replay against West Ham on Wednesday. He was given a chance to play as Manchester united youth team took on Middleborough on Monday.
Coach Louis Van Gaal gave the English captain an opportunity to play in the reserves in the game in a bid to prove his fitness. The English skipper has missed 12 games for The Red Devils since his knee injury.
In the game for the youth team, Rooney had a rather quiet affair but for a second-half free-kick that curled over the crossbar. Paddy McNair scored the only goal of the match.
Manchester United were disgraced by Spurs on Sunday by 3-0. The loss drew huge criticism as their UEFA Champions League hopes were almost dashed with fourth placed Manchester City going on to win their match, stretching the points’ difference to four.
Manchester United will travel to Upton Park for a quarter-final replay of the FA Cup. LVG says his team’s defense would have to improve in order to deal with West Ham striker Andy Carroll. This is possibly the last chance of silverware this season for The Red Devils.
The Dutch Coach said: “I’ve seen the Andy Carroll show and I think our problem against Tottenham was also the miscommunication of our central defenders.”
With Wayne Rooney’s 61-minute performance for the club’s Under-21 team at Old Trafford, he has set himself up for a recall into first team action that will possibly begin with the FA cup replay with in-form West Ham.
For the international scene, the England captain has from the game till May 12 to prove his fitness before Coach Hodgson names his final 23-man squad for France. He has seven games before then to prove his fitness to the England manager.