Rooney prays Martial’s injury won’t be long term

Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney hopes that the injury suffered by his Anthony Martial is a minor one and wishes he won’t have to spend a long spell on the sidelines.

The French international was subbed-off in the 67th minute of England’s 2-0 defeat to France at Wembley on Tuesday night due to a foot injury. The youngster who seemed to be in pain left Wembley on crutches with his left foot bandaged.

Martial has netted five goals for the Red Devils since his arrival from Monaco. With the poor form of the captain Rooney and shortage of strikers at Old Trafford, United cannot afford a long injury spell for Martial.

Although France coach Didier Deschamps played down any significant injury concerns, but it is still an injury scare for the Red Devils who also lost Carrick to injury as he was carried off in a stretcher during Englands 2-0 defeat to Spain, the previous week.

“He was in quite a bit of pain after the match. He got a kick in the penalty area,” Deschamps said. “I think it’s just a knock rather than anything else to the top of his foot.”

The England national team’s all-time goal scorer hope his young teammate comes back to action soon. “From a personal and from Manchester United’s point of view, I hope he is okay. I will try to ring him.”

Except for that injury, Martial had a wonderful game at Wembley but the talk of the night was another 19-year-old Dele Alli.

The young midfielder was full of confidence on his full international Debut at Wembley, he won the ball with a superb tackle and had a good exchange of passes with Rooney before driving a long range shot into the top corner in 39th minute.

He was pivotal to Rooney’s goal after he dispossessed Paul Pogba to play in Rooney for his strike that led to the second goal.

Rooney also believes new group of young home grown English players are coming through to become England stars.

“That is what I have been saying throughout the last 18 months.”

“I know the World Cup was not great, but before the World Cup you could see the players who were coming through and training with us and I think we have come together since that World Cup and shown good signs.”

“We have to get better, of course, but we are showing good signs and if we can keep improving, it is exciting for us.”

Manchester United will travel to Watford for an early kick-off on Saturday, 21st November, in the matchday-13 of the English Premier League.