David Moyes has confirmed talisman Wayne Rooney will be fit for the tie against Sunderland at the weekend.
The 27-year-old’s form has been a ray of light in an otherwise drab season for Manchester United so far.
After a summer of discontent at Old Trafford ended with the England striker staying, Rooney’s early season goal scoring form has carried a United side who have looked out of ideas.
Rooney has contributed three goals and two assists in his five league games, meaning that on current form, he makes or scores one goal per game.
Rooney was ruled out of United’s 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk at the Donebass Arena on Wednesday after sustaining a shin injury in training.
Manchester United manager David Moyes expects to have Rooney back for the trip
to Sunderland on Saturday, where United hope to build on Wednesday’s positive
result and put an end to their current two game losing streak.
Speaking after the Shakhtar game on Wednesday, Moyes said: "My plan wasn’t to use Wayne Rooney. He picked up a crack on the shin and its swollen up. He was going to be on the bench but he has not been able to make it.”
"I think he will be okay for Saturday. We could have risked him but we decided not to."
Moyes added: "We had to be harder to play against than we have in recent games and we were,"
"I’m beginning to understand the players a bit better. They were aware of how tough a game it was going to be and I thought we defended very well.
"There’s a bit of disappointment that we didn’t see the game out but I felt Shakhtar deserved something from the game."
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