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Wayne Rooney could miss Bayern Munich game, as Manchester United's chances weaken

Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow in their hopes of overcoming Bayern Munich with the news that Wayne Rooney could miss the second leg through injury.

Alex Livesey

Well, if it was looking like an impossible challenge before, it's just got a wee bit harder. Wayne Rooney is likely miss the second leg against Bayern Munich through injury.

Of course, overall, our injury problems may be less than in the first leg. Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Rafael will all be back, and David Moyes will have the opportunity to test them out tomorrow against Newcastle United should he wish.

Rooney, hpwever, is a slightly bigger blow. He's one of the few players we have in the squad that can be relied upon to produce some magic on the big stage, save for Robin van Persie and Juan Mata. You see our problem. Handily, Bayern are missing the odd player themselves, with a midfield problem being their main issue, in the absence of Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

So, we can assume that Danny Welbeck will be getting centre stage up front, but who will be in support? Welbeck-Hernandez is probably both too bold and too dumb, but we have Shinji Kagawa available to play in the hole, or of course Adnan Januzaj. Or we could go 4-3-3, with any combination of Kagawa, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini and Tom Cleverley. Decisions, decisions.

Oh, or of course there is the secret weapon - unleashing Marouane Fellaini as a second striker from the start. We may not begin that way, but I can't imagine the odds would be particularly long on seeing it at some point. May god have mercy on our/his/their souls.