In the run up to derby day, the media reported that Wayne Rooney was a doubt for the game, but Louis van Gaal has said there is no problem with the striker.

Rooney was not injured. The media was writing that but he was never injured. Maybe his shoes were too tight, that is possible, but he was never injured. He shall play, he is my captain. That is all I can say to you. Falcao is still injured. I have heard that he [Rooney] has scored a lot of goals against City, the most of any player. I said it to him to stimulate him but he doesn’t need that. I am very happy that he can play again and he shall play.

Rooney hasn’t played for United for over a month after picking up a red card against West Ham. He has played two games for England in that time and scored in both of them.

Rooney has scored 11 goals in the derby which is more than any other player.




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