Moyes unlikely to risk injured Rooney
WAYNE ROONEY is losing his battle to be fit for Manchester United's encounter with West Ham at Old Trafford tomorrow, WRITES MARK OGDEN.
The England forward has been unable to train since suffering a groin strain during preparations for Wednesday's League Cup quarter-final tie against Stoke City.
Manager David Moyes claimed after United's victory at the Britannia Stadium that Rooney had "a chance" of returning to face West Ham.
But although the 28-year-old is understood to be doing everything possible to be fit in time for the visit of Sam Allardyce's team, there are concerns at United that he is unlikely to recover his fitness in order to play in the game.
With the West Ham clash the first of seven games in 21 days for United, and Robin van Persie ruled out for at least three more weeks with a thigh injury, Moyes is expected to err on the side of caution with Rooney and delay his return until the St Stephen's Day trip to Hull.
Danny Welbeck, who has started United's last two games as the central striker, will continue in that role, with Javier Hernandez in contention to play alongside the England youngster.
Welbeck has dismissed Moyes' suggestions that he needed a pep talk to work harder in training.
"I have been doing that ever since I have been at United," Welbeck said. "I have been injured this season, so maybe the manager has not seen me on the training pitch as much. I want to be working hard and I have been doing that ever since I was a young kid."
Moyes revealed this week that Welbeck was asked to put in overtime on his finishing, though the player did agree that, "I want some more goals, I can tell you that, I want some more goals." (© Daily Telegraph, London)