Rooney out as Van Gaal calls on United kids

Date published: Monday 7th December 2015 2:13

Manchester United have been forced to take an inexperienced squad to Germany for their must-win Champions League game at Wolfsburg.

United face the Germans on Tuesday knowing only a win will guarantee their progression to the last 16.

But an injury crisis at Old Trafford means Louis van Gaal has had to call-up a number of youngsters for Tuesday’s make or break match at the Volkswagen Arena.

Seven senior players are out through injury with the most notable absentee being Wayne Rooney, who suffered an ankle problem in the 1-1 draw at Leicester just over two weeks ago. The United skipper is also understood to have bruises and cuts on his chest after being caught by Foxes defender Robert Huth at the King Power Stadium.

Marcos Rojo dislocated his shoulder in training last week and misses the Wolfsburg game while Luke Shaw (leg) and Antonio Valencia (foot) are sidelined by their respective long-term injuries.

Phil Jones and Ander Herrera have not overcome ankle and hamstring problems while Morgan Schneiderlin suffered a hip injury in the 0-0 draw against West Ham on Saturday and will not travel to Wolfsburg with the team on Monday.

Paddy McNair is named in the squad despite coming off against the Hammers with an ankle injury, and his half-time replacement Guillermo Varela is also in the 19-man party.

Nick Powell, who has only played one game for United in the last three years, is also in the squad.

The 21-year-old is joined by fellow midfielder Sean Goss, who is yet to make his debut, and 18-year-old defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

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