Initial reports this week emerged a few days ago suggesting Rooney was an injury doubt for the derby on Sunday having injured himself during an extended break from first-team football thanks to his three match suspension.
However, the general consensus among the press now is that Rooney will be passed fit to play City and for United, his return could be the single most important change.
Rooney is always a thorn in City’s side. Having netted 11 times, he is the all-time top goalscorer in derby fixtures and has scored three in his last two appearances at the Etihad.
As for Falcao, he was a surprise omission from United’s game against Chelsea at the weekend after suffering a muscular injury on his calf but is reportedly going to be ready to face City on Sunday.
The Colombian striker would have been very frustrated to miss United’s game against Chelsea last weekend because the big games are what he will thrive on and there is a hope among fans that he could use one as a springboard for him to re-find his goalscoring form.
Having both players back would give United such a strong starting XI and for an away game against City, Louis van Gaal will need a full strength side.