Manchester United failed to grab three points at Anfield as the travelling team succumbed to a 2-0 loss in the first leg of the round of 16. The two rivals will meet again on the 17th of March for the second leg at Old Trafford. In a must-win clash of the Europa League, injured skipper Wayne Rooney had some words to be shared. The captain is trying his best to motivate the squad ahead of the fixture.
Rooney motivates teammates from sidelines
Rooney is indeed frustrated with the team’s current form and believes that the squad will have to put up a monumental performance if they want to proceed in the competition. Rooney has been involved with the players off the pitch and has been motivating them. He opines that the game will be a tough one and but netting two goals will be possible. Rooney says that United have a bunch of good players and scoring the first goal will be highly important if the Red Devils succeed in achieving that then they will hold a mighty chance of winning the fixture.
Rooney could be back for Euros this summer
Rooney said there was no planned return date as he continues his recovery, but he expected to be available for England's Euro 2016 campaign, which kicks off in June. "It's going as planned," said the England skipper. "I don't know for definite when I'll be back, but it will be after the international break’’, added Rooney. The injury isn’t very severe, said Rooney. However, the medical staff has advised rest to avoid any adversities. They’ve told him to be cautious and hence he has been sidelined until full recovery.
Manchester United look set to be boosted by the return of Ashley Young and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson at Old Trafford as the pair trained on Wednesday. Phil Jones and Luke Shaw remain absent while Adnan Januzaj and Timothy Fosu-Mensah trained but are ineligible for Thursday’s match.