Manchester United have confirmed that captain Wayne Rooney will miss Tuesday’s Champions League game against PSV.
United fly out to Holland on Monday afternoon ahead of their first Champions League group stage match, but Rooney will not be on the plane.
Speaking after Saturday’s 3-1 win over Liverpool, which Rooney also missed, manager Louis van Gaal said: “I don’t want to take any risks with our captain. He is much too important for our team.
“I don’t think he shall play against PSV. It is a minor injury and I believe he shall play against Southampton (on Sunday).”
Van Gaal must decide whether to stick with Marouane Fellaini, who started up front against Liverpool, or bring goal-scoring debutant Anthony Martial into the starting line-up.
The United forward suffered a hamstring injury last week and was not among the 20-strong party listed for the trip to Eindhoven on United’s website on Monday morning.