Wayne Rooney a doubt for Manchester City clash

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is a doubt for this weekend's Manchester derby after he picked up a foot injury in training on Monday, reports the Manchester Evening News. 

The Red Devils skipper - who has missed United's last three Premier League fixtures after picking up a red card against West Ham United late last month - was expected to return to the side against the Premier League champions at the Etihad on Sunday. 

However, it now appears that his position in the starting XI is in some doubt after he picked up a slight knock. It's been suggested, however, that the injury is not serious, and he is in contention to return against Manuel Pellegrini's side. 

Options in attack 

Rooney has an excellent record against the Citizens, and United fans will certainly be hoping that the forward plays some part against the Sky Blues on Sunday. The forward could yet take up a place on the bench, with Dutch international Robin van Persie expected to start after his late goal against Premier League table-toppers Chelsea last weekend. 

United will also be hoping that Colombian hit-man Radamel Falcao returns from injury after he was also absent from the side that drew with Jose Mourinho's side. Youngster James Wilson will once again be hoping to take up a place on the bench after being handed the opportunity to impress last weekend. 

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Crunch clash 

Ahead of the fixture, the Red Devils will be desperate to return to winning ways after back-to-back draws in England's elite division. It won't be easy for Van Gaal's side, however, with Manchester City hoping to put pressure on the sides in front of them. 

But, United will be determined to gain a positive result in the derby after last season's humiliating 4-1 defeat. And, with Van Gaal's side already 10 points behind the league leaders, they can' afford to fall even further off the pace over the coming weeks. 

Manchester United fans: Which strikers should start for your side on Sunday? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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