Manchester United could be handed major fitness boost for cup tie

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney could be in line for his first appearance since Boxing Day.

Manchester United could have a fitness boost ahead of their Capital One Cup semi-final second leg as Wayne Rooney has been working hard in training to be fit for the clash against Sunderland.

Rooney hasn’t been in the side since United’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on New Years' Day at Old Trafford in the Premier League and has been struggling with a groin injury since.

The Daily Mirror reports that Rooney has been doing extra training sessions behind closed doors in a bid to be ready for the tie, which United trail 2-1 from the first leg.

Though United are out of the FA Cup and Rooney will have six days to rest before their next Premier League game – a home match against Cardiff City – it does say how seriously United are taking this tie to try and get Rooney fit enough to possibly fire them to Wembley, when some have regarded the competition as the ‘Mickey Mouse Cup’ in the past.

It highlights the importance of David Moyes trying to get Manchester United to Wembley in his first season in charge in order to establish some kind of winning culture on his own at the club, and to use it is a springboard for the rest of the season.

However, the Mirror does say that if Rooney’s groin problem is aggravated further he could be on the sidelines for another month at a key stage in Manchester United’s season, with a trip to Arsenal on the horizon next month.

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