EPL 2015-16: Louis van Gaal calms fears over Wayne Rooney's injury

Van Gaal said both Rooney and Anthony Martial were failing to get behind the Leicester defence and one of them was to be taken off anyway.

Reuters| Updated: Nov 30, 2015, 16:22 PM IST
EPL 2015-16: Louis van Gaal calms fears over Wayne Rooney's injury

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has moved to calm fears that captain Wayne Rooney is set for a spell on the sidelines after the striker limped out of Saturday`s 1-1 Premier League draw with Leicester City.

Rooney, who has scored just twice in 12 league appearances, had little impact on the game and was substituted in the 68th minute.

Van Gaal said both Rooney and Anthony Martial were failing to get behind the Leicester defence and one of them was to be taken off anyway.

"No, I don`t think it`s an injury to Wayne. I wanted to change one of the strikers," he told the club`s website (www.manutd.com).

"It could have been Martial or it could have been Rooney because they were not always running behind the central defenders, and I want that.

"Because of this, I wanted to change but then he was limping and then the choice was easy for me to make."

United, who are third in the league, welcomed midfielder Michael Carrick back into the side on Saturday after he returned from an ankle injury suffered in England`s 2-0 friendly loss to Spain.

The 34-year-old, who missed United`s games against Watford in the league and PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, thought he was set for a longer spell out of action.

"I thought it was a bad one at the time, but the scan showed that there wasn`t too much damage," said Carrick. "After the swelling went down, I was free to get back involved."

United host West Ham in the league on Saturday.