Juan Mata produced his best performance to date in a Manchester United shirt in the crucial 2-1 win away to Liverpool last March, a result which sparked United’s push for a top four place.
Manchester United will go into Saturday’s lunch-time clash at Watford without a senior striker, after Louis van Gaal revealed the extent of their injury woes.
Louis van Gaal’s substitution of Anthony Martial for Marouane Fellaini was met by a chorus of boos from the Old Trafford faithful in Wednesday night’s pivotal win against CSKA Moscow.
Louis van Gaal felt his Manchester United side required a bit more luck to beat a resolute Manchester City side in a dull derby encounter.
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial believes the Red Devils can win both the Premier League and Champions League this season.
United had been touted as potential title challengers during their 11-match unbeaten run over the Christmas period but are now 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.
The Red Devils will need to put in a much stronger performance against the relegated London Broncos at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday after last week’s 42-6 drubbing away to Wakefield Wildcats.
Rooney, who has just been appointed Manchester United’s new captain, is the club’s third all-time leading goal scorers after his acrobatic effort against Swansea City on Saturday took his tally to 217 in all competitions.
The Dutchman is expected to visit United’s Carrington training complex as he gets his feet under the desk in his new role – just four days after exiting his Holland job with third spot in the World Cup.
Second And: Ander Herrera becomes first Manchester United signing of Louis van Gaal era after ‘hoax’ bid
Herrera, 24, was one of David Moyes’ main transfer targets last summer, and was widely expected to sign for the club from Athletic Bilbao
The American had been in poor health since suffering two strokes shortly after seizing control of the Old Trafford outfit in 2005 after a controversial £790m takeover