Manchester United manager David Moyes believes Wayne Rooney’s performance in the Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich was severely hampered by his foot injury, ESPN
Rooney had a pain-killing injection to allow him to play at the Allianz Arena after chipping a bone in his toe in the first-leg at Old Trafford last week. The England striker sat out United’s weekend win over Newcastle but returned to the starting XI in Germany despite a lack of fitness.
“I was concerned that Wayne had not trained all week and he had taken an injection,” Moyes said after the 4-2 aggregate defeat. “At times it looked like it was a struggle striking the ball.
“He is so vital a player to us,” Moyes continued. “He is so important especially with Robin van Persie out just now. He had a couple of opportunities but couldn’t quite take them.”
United went in front on the night and 2-1 on aggregate through Patrice Evra’s second-half goal but Bayern restored parity 15 seconds later through Mario Mandzukic. Subsequent goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben confirmed the holders’ progression to the semi-final stage, where they are joined by Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea.