• Striker pulls out of book signing after feeling unwell
• Manchester United hopeful he will be fit for Saturday's game
Manchester United are hopeful that Wayne Rooney will be available for Saturday's visit of Sunderland after the striker had to pull out of a book signing on Tuesday due to illness.
It is thought that the issue is not serious and that Rooney will be fit to play. The striker has recently enjoyed a resurgence in form, which has featured two goals in the 4-3 win at Reading 11 days ago and the opening two in Sunday's 3-2 derby win at Manchester City, with him being the standout performer in each match.
On Tuesday Rooney tweeted: "Not feeling good at all. Had to cancel the book signing today. Sorry to all the fans who were coming. I was really looking forward to it."
Vincent Kompany, who limped out of the derby after 21 minutes because of a groin issue, is now a doubt for City's trip to Newcastle United on Saturday, with the captain due to see a specialist.
Kompany did not train on Wednesday, though he was walking freely during a visit with some of the City squad to the Children's Hospital in Manchester to give out gifts bought by him and his team-mates.
The defender's potential absence would be a blow to Roberto Mancini with City trailing United by six points and seeking to avoid a third consecutive defeat, following the 1-0 reverse at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week.
Ryan Giggs, meanwhile, believes the derby has now replaced United's matches with Arsenal as the club's prominent fixture. "We had so many battles with Arsenal that were skilful games, but also physically tough, and I felt the game was like that on Sunday," Giggs told the club's Red Voices podcast.
"It is two very good teams with the added spice that it's a local derby. Over the last three years, each Manchester derby has intensified. The buildup is longer, people start talking about it earlier and the feeling when you win is even better.
"It was two quality sides, both in good form and going head to head at the top of the league. We took the first half and then City came back into life like we expected, but I thought we still looked dangerous and had goals in us during the second half. At 2-2, with City coming back into it, most people would've settled for a draw, but we score late goals so often and there is no better feeling, especially in such a big game."
Giggs also believes the win is a significant boost to morale as United head into a busy festive period. "It should do, purely because of the way we performed. The bench is very strong and some players aren't even getting on it. The squad is looking good at the moment and we've got our captain, Nemanja Vidic coming back soon [on Saturday]. We have got everything in place for the busy Christmas period and the confidence of such a great result.
"We accept that we are letting too many goals in and we've had to come from behind too often, but the signs are there that this could be a very good season for us. Chelsea, Newcastle and City away have been our three best performances and you probably can't get three bigger challenges. The quality and the form is there, we just need the consistency – which we will hopefully get now the Champions League is over and internationals are gone, and we can purely concentrate on the Premier League and later the FA Cup."