Rooney missing for Stoke visit

Wayne Rooney will miss Stoke City’s visit to Old Trafford on Tuesday with an ankle injury sustained in Manchester United’s fortunate victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. However, the 25-year-old striker, who scored just his third goal of the season against the Baggies, could return for next weekend’s FA Cup Third Round tie with Liverpool.

Rooney twisted his left ankle at the Hawthornes following Chris Brunt’s challenge, although the United star returned for the final few minutes of the game. However, with the player having suffered two serious ankle injures in the past nine months, it seems unlikely Sir Alex Ferguson will take any risks at Old Trafford.

Ferguson may also be without Patrice Evra, who suffered a nasty black-eye at the hands of team-mate Nemanja Vidic this week, while Nani may again miss out with an ongoing hip problem. United will also be without long-term absentees Antonio Valencia, Owen Hargreaves, Paul Scholes, and John O’Shea, while Park Ji-Sung is at the Asia Cup.

Not that United’s manager will be keen to risk too many of his stars against the robust Potters, who have gain a reputation for physicality and ugly football since returning to the Premier League.

“We know what to expect from Stoke,” Fletcher told MUFC.com.

“‘You know you’re in for a battle when you play Stoke and you have to win that battle and earn the right to play. They always have a go. They look at home in the Premier League now and they know what it’s all about.

“They can go direct if they want to but they also have some good footballers up front. You know Stoke will be physical at times because they lump free-kicks and long throw-ins into the box but we can’t neglect the other ways they can cause problems.

“Our defensive performances have been very good and we’ll do our homework and prepare for Stoke’s threat.”

Chalkboard v Stoke CityMatch-going United supporters will have noted the similarity between Pullis’ side and the club’s supporters, who have gained a deserved reputation for being among the most unpleasant in the Premier League. It is to the eternal mystery of United supporters that Stoke fans genuinely believe the two clubs to be rivals. They’re not. After all, Stoke hasn’t emerged victorious at Old Trafford in 34 years nor, indeed, beaten United in the league at any venue since 1984.

That Stoke supporters spent 90 minutes at Old Trafford in May jubilantly cheering each Chelsea goal in a match taking place 200 miles south is to the club’s eternal shame.

Meanwhile, Stoke defender Robert Huth will play after sitting out the Potters victory over Everton at the weekend through suspension. Manager Tony Pullis may opt to leave out both Jon Walters and Ricardo Fuller, with Kenwyne Jones ploughing a lone furrow.

One striker who may not feature in United’s matchday squad is Federico Macheda, with Sampdoria president Riccardo Garrone claiming a loan deal has been struck for the teenager to spend the next five months in Genoa.

“Macheda has easily filled the void left by Cassano, he will definitely do well,” Garrone told reporters today.

“In these five months we will try to treat him well. With him here, the enthusiasm has increased tenfold.”

Not that United should need the former Lazio striker against Stoke having won 10 of the last 13 league meetings without the Potters scoring. Stoke managed a goal at the Britannia earlier this season, only for United’s Mexican striker Javier Hernández to win the game for the visitors.

Opposition
Stoke – 451 – Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Higginbotham; Pennnant, Whitehead, Faye, Delap, Etherington; Jones. Subs from: Fuller, Walters, Sorensen, Gudjohnsen, Wilson, Whelan, Collins, Wilson, Tuncay, Diao.

United
United – 442 – van der Sar; Rafael da Silva, Vidic, Ferdinand, Fabio da Silva; Fletcher, Anderson, Carrick, Giggs; Berbatov, Hernández. Subs from: Kuzszazk, Amos, Evans, O’Shea, Brown, Anderson, Bébé, Gibson, Macheda, Owen, Obertan, Smalling.

Officials
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistant referees: Scott Ledger & Glenn Turner
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

Form
United – LDWWDW
Stoke – DDLWLW

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  1. sheesh says

    Stoke City and their fans are the footballing equivalent of Aids.
    By the way, where’s Hargreaves these days? He was only supposed to be out for 5 weeks.

    • Emily says

      Comparing the second oldest football club in the world to a disease that kills over 3 million people a year. Matt Busby must be turning in his grave at what has become of Man Utd fans nowadays. “We’ll do what we want………blah blah blah”

      Hang your head in shame.

      • says

        Emily – Stoke aren’t even close to being the second oldest football club in the world. Perhaps the second oldest currently in the football leagues (inc PL)… but I’ll check my notes on that. Am writing book on the subject.

        • Emily says

          Certainly closer to being the oldest than United/Newton Heath etc. Stoke were formed in 1863 and there is no need to check your notes – they ARE the second oldest currently in the English Professional league pyramid as well as being founder members of the football league – I will gladly help you with you’re book if you like ;-) Stoke are certainly the oldest team to have played in the “Premier League”.

          My point being lets have a little respect. Thankyou.

          • says

            Emily – respect? from a Stoke fan? You’re also helping me to define irony I guess. Glad you’ve caveated your glaring error.

          • mongoletsi says

            //Certainly closer to being the oldest than United/Newton Heath etc //

            Sounds like City’s “we have the biggest floodlights” or Dipper’s “we have the loudest fans” bollocks to me.

            You’re still shit.

            Actually you’re not shit.

            But I still hate you.

  2. Zabberdast says

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Wes Brown or John O’Pie playing in place of one or maybe both of the twins – a bit of height and um, weight in the mixer for those set-plays…

  3. Howie says

    There is a slight inaccuaray in Eds article where he states
    “After all, Stoke hasn’t emerged victorious at Old Trafford in 34 years nor, indeed, beaten United at any venue since 1984.”

    Didn’t Stoke win the first leg of a league cup encounter in 1993 2-0.

    • says

      Spike – Problem with wikipedia is that its too often a copy & paste of accepted wisdom. I can name a dozen clubs formed before Stoke – Sheffield, Crusaders, Dingley Dell, Barnes, Crystal Palace (no relation), Civil Service, War Office, Surbiton, No Names, Forrest Club, Wanderers, Hallam, Notts County.

      • mongoletsi says

        // Problem with wikipedia is that its too often a copy & paste of accepted wisdom //

        Well then Ed dearest, may I humbly suggest you correct the entry? Wiki is all about the community (us) improving accuracy.

        That said I keep editing Widnes when Joey Barton lived there so nobody knew he lived in my hometown, shithole that it is :)

  4. Sidsidney says

    Didn’t Stoke hang a National Front banner in their ground

    And Pulis basically defended it

    Anyway, score early and it’ll be piss

  5. Ashish says

    I’m expecting atleast a 3-0 scoreline with Berba scoring a brace and Hernandez grabbing the third.

    Unless we happen to slacken up big time today.

  6. Daniel8 says

    Is this for sure? That Rooney will miss this game?

    Heard that they will test his form today to se if hes fit.

  7. Sidsidney says

    hughferris No Rio Rooney or VDS for #mufc: Kooshack. Rafa, Vidic, Smalling, Evra, Nani, Fletch, Gibson, Giggs, Berbatov, Hernandez
    Horrific midfield – Gibson & Fletch – but it should be enough to beat the NF

  8. han says

    not that enthused with that team
    sweet pea is best as a sub in my opinion and can’t do the same when he starts
    berbs hopefully will get some decent service from gibson and fletcher today
    play anything resembling saturday and it will be a long 90 mins
    come on united

  9. han says

    stoke are no mugs this season
    defend in numbers and channel the ball to jones
    need to keep the ball on the ground rather than in the air which suits them

  10. han says

    come on reds
    score another before the break and take it easier in 2nd half for the scouse bin dipping team on sunday

  11. han says

    sluggish start to 2nd half
    come on united – up the pace and give stoke a workout ffs
    OT morgue like not helping

    Don’t kiss your granny when she’s shaving!
  12. han says

    michel silvestres younger sister is on the bench, yes
    but i don’t think she will be used today since gibfanny is still walking

  13. captainhormonecaptainhormone says

    well, ponce or no ponce, we won tonight….we were shit, but we won tonight against a very physical shit stoke side.

  14. uncleknobheadffsuncleknobheadforfucksake says

    what a feast of football

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  15. herbie simms says

    Nani scored a great goal! Not yet impressed with the overall play of Hernandez, although he has scored some vital goals. But Giggs and Gibson should stay home and watch the game on TV.

  16. Sidsidney says

    We did enough when we had to

    All the creative, thoughtful, intelligent balls from the midfield came from Giggs. And most of them didn’t come off as you’d expect

    Fuck all from Fletch & Gibson in terms of creativity. Gibson never really once went looking for the ball

  17. herbie simms says

    I really don’t think SAF has any money from the Glazers to do any business in January. We know, SAF knows and everyone around the world watching Man Utd play every week knows the midfield is crap. So the conclusion is, NO MONEY!

  18. arunk says

    We should consider playing Rooney in the midfield as he will definitely be more creative than Gibson and Carrick put together. He drops deep most of the time anyway. Hernandez is our fox in the box and should be in the team as part of a 4-4-2.

  19. herbie simms says

    Hernandez is a poacher, a different kind of striker and a poacher is a dangerous man in front of goal. A poacher usually ends up to be the leading goalscorer in a team and if Hernandez plays and starts in more games, he could catch or pass Berbatov in the most goals department. You will see more creative play from the midfield when we play Liverpool. Somehow, the midfield gets it together when we play top teams. Its against these lower rated teams were we seem to struggle more. SAF has admitted that he is interested in winning the FA Cup, so we will see.

  20. dingleberry says

    some people never happy. we rested what is essentially the backbone of our team (VDS, Rio, Anderson, Rooney) and still win.

    the team needs replacements for giggs and scholes (although anderson seems to be starting to step up) gibson is def not good enough. essentially john oshite in midfield. thats it.

    the sooner valencia gets back the better

  21. han says

    sky “pundit” saying sweet pea didnt touch the ball for the goal…….obviously a jealous scouse or bitter blue fan

  22. sheesh says

    PIG should have saved the Stoke equaliser. It wasn’t even a particularly difficult stop to make. The sooner we get Lindeggaard in the better.

  23. han says

    bindippers will not be easy – sunday will be their biggest game of the season and neanderthal gerard and ladyboy torres will be up for it no doubt
    hence why SAF rested a few tonight

  24. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    3 more points… Nani fit again, Rooney not missed… can’t be too bad.

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  25. han says

    result welcome but yet again flatterring to deceive
    just can’t see why SAF persists in gibson because apart from his 30 yard cracks, he offers little
    stoke had 1 shot on target in the game
    should have given them a good shafting if the players looked interested

  26. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
    a bollockless man has come on

    Well he’s gotta be better than Gibson was.

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  27. Ted says

    uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
    a bollockless man has come on
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    ========================================================================================

    A fuckin man?

    Don’t kiss your granny when she’s shaving!
  28. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Good subs.

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  29. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Gibsons biggest problem, is he doesn’t play enough simple passes, and he’s rubbish at the clever passes.

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  30. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    What about Ando?

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  31. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    captainhormone said:
    bring amos on for gibson

    Who do we have on the bench?

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  32. says

    captainhormone said:
    i’ve decided…Gibson is our new Richardson

    at least we got some money for Richardson. We would have to pay to get rid of this shithouse cunt.

    we might as well have Stephen Hawing playing in the middle. Fucking Gibspakmongoflid.

  33. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Good lad Nani!!!!!

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  34. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Fuck.

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  35. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Now… let’s open these cunts up for a fisting.

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  36. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Great goal…

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  37. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    That’s better.

    Crowd’s woken up a bit as well.

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  38. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Shit game so far.

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  39. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Good to see Nani fit… hope he has a cracker…

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  40. sheesh says

    Unregistered User said:
    Certainly closer to being the oldest than United/Newton Heath etc. Stoke were formed in 1863 and there is no need to check your notes – they ARE the second oldest currently in the English Professional league pyramid as well as being founder members of the football league – I will gladly help you with you’re book if you like ;-) Stoke are certainly the oldest team to have played in the “Premier League”.

    My point being lets have a little respect. Thankyou.

    You’re either a Stoke fan (in which case you have no business hanging about on a United forum) or, in the alternative, you’re a United fan who spends more time at DFS than watching football.

    I couldn’t give a fig that they may be one of the oldest teams in the country. The simple fact is that their fans are a bunch of simple muppets who sing about Munich and make aeroplane gestures. They consider United to be their closest rivals, such is their pathetic bitter hatred of us and they are so small-time that they celebrated every single Chelsea goal whilst watching their own team at Old Trafford on the final day of last season.

    Their club is shit, their style of football is shit and their fans are shit.

    In short, they ARE the footballing equivalent of AIDS and if this concept is a bit difficult for you to understand, kindly do us a favour and clear off so that no one needs to waste further energy explaining things to someone as clueless as yourself.

    Oh, and it’s SIR Matt Busby to you. Stupid woman.

  41. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
    stoke are down syndrome cunts

    That’s the way to extend the hand of goodwill.

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  42. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Unregistered User said:
    Comparing the second oldest football club in the world to a disease that kills over 3 million people a year. Matt Busby must be turning in his grave at what has become of Man Utd fans nowadays. “We’ll do what we want………blah blah blah”

    Hang your head in shame.

    This your first visit to Rant?

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”
  43. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Unregistered User said:
    I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Wes Brown or John O’Pie playing in place of one or maybe both of the twins – a bit of height and um, weight in the mixer for those set-plays…

    Perhaps… if you approach the game defensively minded… you could make an argument for countering their height/aggression with speed and attack.

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”

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