1 Nov 2014

Man United captain cleared to play

8:20 am on 1 November 2014

The Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been passed fit for the Manchester derby against cross-town Premier League football rivals Manchester City on Monday morning.

Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney

Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney Photo: PHOTOSPORT

However, fellow striker Radamel Falcao has been ruled out of the clash with the reigning champions.

The United manager Louis Van Gaal dismissed reports England striker Rooney was suffering from a foot injury and said his skipper would be fit to start at Eastlands after serving a three-game suspension.

But Falcao, who missed the past two games following a kick in training, is still injured and the Colombian will, therefore, miss the match at City's home ground.

Some reports suggested Rooney was doubtful after he was apparently seen hobbling at a sponsor's event at Old Trafford earlier in the week.

"Rooney was not injured. The media was writing that but he was never injured," Van Gaal told a news conference.

"Maybe his shoes were too tight, that is possible. But he was never injured and he shall play. He is my captain."

However, turning to Falcao, van Gaal added: "Falcao is still injured."

Eighth placed United make the trip across Manchester looking to close the current four-point gap between themselves and third placed City.