Good news for United as Wayne Rooney returns

Wayne Rooney played 61 minutes on his return to action with Manchester United’s Under-21s in a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.

The skipper has been absent since the first team played Sunderland back in February and his return could hand head coach Louis Van Gaal a much needed boost in the race for a Champions League spot and bid to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

Rooney 30, played up front on his own, despite constantly looking to run off the last man had very few chances of note throughout the game. Most of his touches came in the build-up to create openings for James Weir and Joe Rothwell, which were not converted.

The England striker’s best opportunity arguably came when United were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, but he could only place the ball high and wide into the Stretford end. After delivering numerous drilled Cross field passes, he entertained the appreciative crowd and was withdrawn in front of Louis Van Gaal in the 61st minute to a warm ovation.

Axel Tuanzebe took his place as he made his own comeback from injury and Phil Jones completed the full 90 minutes as he continued his own bid to regain full fitness.