The 19-year-old striker was taken off at half-time and there were question marks over whether his withdrawal had anything to do with the fact he was limping towards the end of the first half.
It doesn’t sound like Wilson would have been taken off if he hadn’t suffered an injury, indicating he had no intention of using Rooney unless he was forced to which proved to be the case.
Louis van Gaal says #mufc striker James Wilson came off with injury so he was forced to bring on Rooney to replace him.
— ᗷIᒪᒪ ᖇIᑕᕮ 🎙📻 (@billrice23) October 28, 2015
Wilson will be particularly disappointed with how the game went for him. After getting no chances this season, the game against Middlesbrough was what he had been waiting a long time for yet it ended with an injury and only 45 minutes of action.
It’s another setback for a player who has so much promise but he’s still only 19 and he’ll be able to overcome it. Hopefully his injury is nothing more than a knock and he’ll be available for selection again shortly.