Newcastle United could be coming along at just the right time for Wayne Rooney.
Manchester United have invested heavily in the transfer market this summer, but despite dispensing with the services of Falcao and Van Persie this summer, they have failed to bring in a striker.
Plenty of goalscoring midfield players but no forwards.
Subsequently, Van Gaal has had no other viable option but to play Wayne Rooney as his out and out striker, with Hernandez now the replacement striker on the bench once again after the end of his loan period at Real Madrid.
Despite playing up top, Rooney has so far failed to score in the opening matches and indeed it is four and a half months since he last registered a goal for Manchester United.
When you factor in that Newcastle have one of the worst defences in the Premier League, with only QPR conceding more last season.
NUFC’s most reliable defender, Daryl Janmaat, is suspended and there is no automatic right-back cover.
Plus, in over six months Newcastle only once (1-0 defeat at Sunderland) conceded less than two goals on their travels.
It doesn’t appear promising if you are looking for ominous signs…
Whilst Wayne Rooney has plenty of goals against Newcastle over the years, it is a bit surprising that when he scored twice on Boxing Day in that 3-1 win at Old Trafford, they were the first goals since 2009 (relegation season) against NUFC.
Ironically, in that same period, from more limited opportunities Hernandez has scored three times in four games against Newcastle.
Let’s hope that Coloccini and company can find a bit of backbone and help Chancel Mbemba remember his first Premier League match at Old Trafford for all the right reasons – Steven Taylor has said he is hoping to do something ‘pretty special’ on Saturday.
It is a brave man (which isn’t me) who would bet against Wayne Rooney scoring against Newcastle on Saturday, would be a shame if he got injured against Club Brugge tonight…