Boss cautious over Rooney
David Moyes has delivered a positive update on Wayne Rooney’s situation but refused to reveal whether when the striker can be considered for selection.
The Reds’ No10 sustained a nasty head injury in training ahead of the trip to Liverpool in the previous Barclays Premier League fixture and also missed England’s World Cup qualifying double-header against Moldova and Ukraine.
Naturally, United are keen to be cautious with Rooney due to the nature of the injury.
“He’s in great physical shape but obviously he’s got the cut right in the middle of his forehead which could split where the skin is very thin,” stated Moyes. “He’s had the stitches out and it’s knitted well.
“We’ve just got to see where the level of risk is with his head injury.”
Wilfried Zaha, meanwhile, will not be any more likely to feature against Crystal Palace simply because he signed from the Eagles.
“We’ve been pleased with Wilfried,” explained the boss. “He’s been quite bright over the few days since he’s been back. He got a couple of games for the England Under-21s and is one of the most promising players on the way up.
“The fact that it’s his old club in this game won’t change my views in any way but he’s someone who we hope he can continue to develop and, when we think he’s ready, we’ll get him towards the team.”
Moyes feels newly-promoted Palace will provide a real test at Old Trafford in Saturday’s 12.45pm BST kick-off.
“It’ll be a tough game,” he asserted. “They’ve brought in a lot of new players in the window and Ian Holloway will be keen to get them integrated quickly. They’re coming off the back of a good result last time [a 3-1 home win against Sunderland] as well.
“I’ve been pleased with a lot of aspects as to how we’ve played. I would have liked more points and more goals but I think an awful lot of our football has been very good. I’m hoping for that part of it to continue.”