Rooney hasn’t played any football for United in October due to a three match suspension and was expected to come straight back into the starting XI for this weekend’s game against City.
Although there are still injury concerns about his fitness after Rooney was seen limping at a sponsors’ event at Old Trafford this week, Louis van Gaal wants to use Rooney and will give him every chance of being fit for Sunday.
Given that Rooney has a phenomenal goalscoring record in the derbies and has scored three in his last two games at the Etihad, his return would be a major boost for Van Gaal’s side.
That being said, as United fans know all too well, Rooney is not the sort of player who can miss three games and come straight back in at 100%. He usually takes a couple of games to get back to his best form so even if he was to be passed fit for City, there’s every chance he could be in rusty form.