Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that Wayne Rooney is unlikely to be risked for their Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday, 15 September, after the striker missed the 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday. The England international picked up a minor injury during training and is expected to be given a full week's rest before making a return.
The Three Lions' skipper is expected to return for the 20-time English champions' trip to the south coast to face Southampton next Sunday. However, the Dutch manager, who is unwilling to take any form of risk with his top forward, has not ruled his omission from the Champions League game completely. But it is unlikely that he will feature against the Eredivisie side, especially after their commanding win over Liverpool on Saturday, 12 September in his absence.
"He is injured so we have to take care of him. I think he is very important for us and I don't to take any risks so that's why he doesn't play today," van Gaal told MUTV after United's 3-1 win over Liverpool.
"I don't think he will play against PSV Eindhoven, but maybe he shall play at Southampton. We have to wait and see if he can play against PSV because we still have three days to go," the Dutchman added.
Meanwhile, the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager has praised Ander Herrera after he won and scored the penalty to give the Red Devils a 2-0 lead. The Dutchman praised the Spaniard for making the run from midfield, while also crediting Michael Carrick for the pass that put the midfielder in the box.
"We could score the second goal because of that space. It was very good running in behind from Ander Herrera and a fantastic pass from Michael Carrick so I was very proud. Also, the way Ander scored the penalty was fantastic," Van Gaal is quoted as saying on United's official site.