With Rooney picking up a straight red card against West Ham GW6, he is now suspended for 3 Gameweeks.
REPLACEMENTS- Looking for replacements, I have come up with 2 premium and 2 budget alternatives to the United captain.
Let's start with the premium options:
Sergio Aguero- The Argentine is one of the league's most lethal finisher, as has a really tasty fixture this weekend away to Aston Villa, who looked dire against Chelsea. His fixture congestion is something of a worry, as Pellegrini might save him for Champions League, but if given the minutes he is always lively and in the points. I wouldn't recommend him as a long term option, but could be a great placeholder for someone with better fixtures, like Sturridge.
Now let's look at the budget picks:
Graziano Pelle- Pelle started off slow but has now lit up the Premier League, scoring three goals in his last four appearances. Similar to Welbeck he has a tough game this weekend, but fixtures seem to get easier from thereon out. I expect both him and Welbeck to pick up similar returns, so I think they are both great options.