Rooney fitness doubts continue ahead of Sunderland vs Manchester United

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

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MANCHESTER United manager David Moyes will check on the fitness of Wayne Rooney before finalising his line-up for Saturday’s 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.

United are looking to avoid suffering three consecutive Barclays Premier League defeats for the first time since 2001 but have won on six of their last seven visits to Wearside.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Buttner, Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Cleverley, Fellaini, Kagawa, Nani, Young, Januzaj, Van Persie, Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez.