TEAM NEWS – Sunderland
Striker Fabio Borini returns to the Sunderland squad.
The 22-year-old was ineligible for Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat by parent club Liverpool under the terms of his loan agreement, but will hand interim head coach Kevin Ball a fresh option for the United game.
Ball has no new injury worries with striker Steven Fletcher continuing his recovery from a dislocated shoulder, while defenders Wes Brown (calf) and Andrea Dossena (thigh) work their way back to full fitness.
TEAM NEWS – Manchester United
Manchester United manager David Moyes will check on the fitness of Wayne Rooney before finalising his line-up for the trip to Sunderland.
Rooney missed Wednesday’s Champions League encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk due to a shin problem – his fourth injury this season – and Moyes offered no update in Friday’s pre-match press conference.