In­jury-plagued Man United hope for Rooney re­turn

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MANCH­ESTER UNITED man­ager David Moyes was hope­ful Wayne Rooney would take the field to face West Ham at Old Traf­ford to­day af­ter his groin in­jury.

Rooney, 28, missed United’s 2-0 win at Stoke in the League Cup quar­ter-fi­nals on Wed­nes­day, but Moyes was des­per­ate for the Eng­land striker to be fit to face the Ham­mers as he tries re­store the cham­pi­ons to the Pre­mier League ti­tle race.

United are al­ready 10 points adrift of lead­ers Arse­nal head­ing into this weekend’s fixtures and, with Robin van Per­sie out for a month with a thigh prob­lem, Moyes needs Rooney (who has scored 10 goals so far this sea­son for his club), to climb off the treat­ment ta­ble.

“Yes he has a chance to play,” Moyes said when ques­tioned on Rooney’s fit­ness.

Mean­while, Ash­ley Young is hop­ing his first United goal since May 2012 will give him a chance of start­ing against the Ham­mers.

The Eng­land winger had been ex­iled by Moyes af­ter a lack­lus­tre start to the sea­son, but he lashed in a fine sec­ond­half strike at Stoke to help United on their way to the last four.

“I was de­lighted to get the goal, but get­ting through was more im­por­tant,” he said.

“The boys were mag­nifi- cent. We showed great spirit and char­ac­ter and hope­fully we can take that into this weekend’s game against West Ham.”

United mid­fielder Michael Car­rick will miss to­day’s game as he re­cov­ers from an Achilles prob­lem, and Ser­bia de­fender Ne­manja Vidic is also a doubt for Moyes’ men.

Mean­while, West Ham’s mid­week 2-1 vic­tory at Tot­ten­ham in the League Cup quar­ter-fi­nals gave Sam Al­lardyce’s team a wel­come lift af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing run of re­sults in the league.

The Ham­mers are just one point clear of the bot­tom three and, hav­ing lost four of their pre­vi­ous five games, their con­fi­dence had slumped be­fore the win at White Hart Lane.

But Matt Jarvis, the scorer of the first goal against Tot­ten­ham, be­lieves the Lon­don derby suc­cess can have a knock-on ef­fect in the league while demon­strat­ing the play­ers are fully be­hind Al­lardyce.

“The Tot­ten­ham win could be a mas­sive spring­board for us and it’s just what we needed,” Jarvis said.

“Can we get a re­sult at Manch­ester United?

“I don’t see why not. Teams have gone to Old Traf­ford this sea­son and got re­sults. They’re still a fan­tas­tic side but we can go there full of con­fi­dence af­ter this re­sult.” – Sapa-AFP

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