Manchester United will be without captain Wayne Rooney after again for Thursday’s match against Liverpool, but he is confident in his side.
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is doing everything he can to lift his team-mates ahead of their must-win clash with Liverpool in the Europa League.
United trail their rivals 2-0 after a disappointing functionality at Anfield in the round-of-16 first leg and can have to place in a monumental display to book their spot within the quarter-finals.
Their bring about has not been helped by a knee injury to Rooney, who has missed the club’s last eight games.
Without having him, their form has fluctuated and although Rooney – who only recently returned from a lay-off in Dubai – admitted to getting frustrated, he stated he had spoken at length with his team-mates ahead of Thursday’s clash to try and motivate them.
“It has been eight games I have missed and I didn’t realise it was that quite a few,” he said.
“It’s been frustrating.
“There was a time when I could not do something. The manager, myself as well as the medical professional believed it was greater that I went away mainly because that could only do me good within the up and coming weeks.
“But I’ve attempted to become involved and I have spoken for the players a great deal.
“I know it’s not exactly the same as becoming available around the pitch and being involved on match day and possessing an influence, but I’ve tried to assist out.”
Rooney believes the initial target will probably be critical at Old Trafford.
“I assume Liverpool is going to become challenging Thursday,” said Rooney.
“But two ambitions is doable.
“We have great players and also the very first goal are going to be critical. If we get that, then we’ll be back within the game.”
Rooney said there was no planned return date as of yet as he continues his recovery, but he expected to become accessible for England’s Euro 2016 campaign, which kicks off in June.
“It’s going as planned,” said the England skipper.
“I do not know for definite when I’ll be back, nevertheless it will likely be immediately after the international break. Obviously I will miss the England games, however it should not be too extended after that.
“It’s not also negative. We’re becoming a little cautious. If I attempt and push and be involved now, it could trigger much more damage. So we’re becoming cautious.
“I’m hoping, depending on the two cups we’re nevertheless in, there could be ten games left for United, plus the England games, so I never feel that will be a worry.”