United morning news: Rooney replacement ‘has fear factor’ and RvP is ‘getting better’

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Wayne Rooney is out of today’s match against Newcastle United with a toe injury, and is also a doubt for the upcoming Champions League quarter-final second-leg against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Manchester United manager David Moyes confirmed that the striker would miss the match against the Magpies on Friday, saying, “We’ll get him treatment all over the weekend and see if we can speed it up.”

With Robin van Persie already out injured, it would be a huge blow to be without Rooney for the second-leg of a tie that they have a good chance of winning after a 1-1 draw in the first encounter last week.

In terms of van Persie’s recovery, Moyes has told United’s official website that the Dutchman is currently in Holland receiving treatment.

We get a daily update on how Robin is and he’s getting better,” Moyes said.

My hope was we’d get him back before the end of the season for sure. I think the big thing is we will be medically led.”

With United’s first choice strikers potentially out for a while, eyes – and hopes – could turn to Danny Welbeck. And of the England man his manager said, “I think Danny has the fear factor. He has the ability to run away from people and has really strong upper-body strength, sometimes people don’t give him credit for that.”

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