Manchester United caretaker Ryan Giggs could be forced to change a winning team for tomorrow's Premier League clash with relegation-haunted Sunderland, with Wayne Rooney struggling to be considered fit for selection.
Rooney is being monitored closely thanks to the unfortunate double whammy of a tight groin and upset stomach, with Giggs unlikely to take a gamble on the England international with United playing merely to put the pride back into a struggling side for the rest of the campaign.
Giggs has Javier Hernandez chomping at the bit to prove his worth and Robin van Persie finally back training at Carrington after a prolonged absence with a knee problem, but looks more likely to give Juan Mata a return to the starting XI after a strong cameo from the bench in last week's 4-0 win over Norwich City.
Ashley Young could provide more width than the talented but frustrating Shinji Kagawa if Giggs decides to let a string of under-performing stars get involved from the start, with Marouane Fellaini and Darren Fletcher also in contention.
An experienced back four of Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, and Phil Jones all look set to continue after keeping a clean sheet against Norwich, as Giggs looks to record back-to-back wins and maintain a 100% start to life in the hotseat.
Manchester United predicted XI to face Sunderland: De Gea, Evra, Vidic, Ferndinand, Jones, Cleverley, Carrick, Young, Valencia, Mata, Welbeck