United morning news: Early team news; £200m ‘huge attraction’ for van Gaal

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Manchester United face Sunderland this afternoon in Ryan Giggs’ second game in charge since replacing David Moyes until the end of the season.

Following the club’s impressive 4-0 victory over Norwich City, the Old Trafford faithful will be expecting more of the same against Gus Poyet’s men.

In early team news, the BBC reports that Wayne Rooney is a big doubt for the match as he is suffering from both an illness and a minor groin injury.

There could, however, be a return for Robin van Persie who has resumed training following an injury of his own.

Sunderland’s Phil Bardsley is available to face his former club after serving a two-match suspension.

In other news, the Mirror publishes quotes from Dutch coach Raymond Verheijen, who has been talking about Louis van Gaal’s possible arrival at United.

“Van Gaal is a team-builder from scratch and like a teacher,” Verheijen said. “I think he would be perfect for Manchester United.

“The fact there could be as much as £200million to spend on new players is a huge attraction."

But having it and spending it wisely are two very different things.

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