Rooney injury mars good night for Manchester United

January 15th, 2009 - 5:56 pm ICT by IANS  

ChelseaLondon, Jan 15 (DPA) An injury to Wayne Rooney marred a good night for Manchester United as they moved to within two points of leaders Liverpool in the English Premier League after beating Wigan Athletic 1-0 at Old Trafford.England striker Rooney scored the only goal of the game Wednesday night in the first minute of the match to lift champions United above Chelsea into second, but the striker is now expected to be out for three weeks with hamstring trouble.

Victory at Bolton Wanderers Saturday would see United go top, with Liverpool playing Everton in the Merseyside derby Monday night.

Rooney gave United the dream start inside a minute when he got on the end of a cross from World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rooney went off soon after and Wigan matched United thereafter, though Carlos Tevez should have done better after rounding Chris Kirkland only to lose control.

“It is a hamstring injury,” United manager Alex Ferguson confirmed, of Rooney’s problem. “That will be about three weeks. We hope it is no longer.”

Ferguson, who watched his side complete their ninth consecutive clean sheet, was full of praise for Wigan.

“Wigan are the best side that has played here this season by far,” he said. “It was an outstanding performance from them. They really made us work. They are a very positive team.”

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