Louis van Gaal expects Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney to be fit for PSV

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal expects Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney to be fit for the PSV game, reports Andy Mitten in his latest ESPN column.

Martial missed Man United’s game against Watford at the weekend with a foot injury, while Rooney was absent due to illness, but both could well feature in Wednesday’s crucial UEFA Champions League group game.

Strangely enough, United’s first-half attacking performance at Vicarage Road was actually one of their best so far this season and that was without either Martial or Rooney, but it would be a real boost to have them available for selection.

Martial has become the main man in attack for United and he’s a certain starter now when fit. Rooney hasn’t earned that status through his performances but the captain’s armband means he is in the same boat as 19-year-old Martial in that respect.

United’s injury concerns are mounting right now – ten to be exact if you include Rooney and Martial – and with so many games coming up in the festive period, we need as many players fit as possible including this duo.

PSV are going to be a hard nut to crack at Old Trafford just like they were in the Philips Stadion and with qualification for the Champions League knock-out stages only one win away, Louis van Gaal will use Rooney and Martial if they are fit to ensure United are as strong as possible in attack.

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