English Premiership

Rooney boost for United

2015-05-01 18:43
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney (left) and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany are set to clash in the most crucial of Premier League fixtures for both sides this weekend. PHOTO: getty

London - Wayne Rooney is fit to lead the Manchester United attack in the weekend's Premier League game at home to West Bromwich Albion, coach Louis van Gaal said on Friday.

The England captain limped off near the end of Sunday's 3-0 loss at Everton with a knee injury but will be available to face West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday.

"Rooney is fit to play, it was not so heavy as we expected," Van Gaal told reporters.

Defender Phil Jones and striker Robin van Persie have also recovered from injuries but Luke Shaw and Jonny Evans will not play as United bid to consolidate fourth place in the table.

"Jones is fit but we have to see his match rhythm, but Shaw has trouble with his groin so he cannot play," Van Gaal said.

United have lost their last two games, ending a resurgence in form that took them above champions Manchester City in the race for second place behind runaway leaders Chelsea.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis believes Van Gaal will start to feel the pressure next year.

"Louis has obviously spent a bit of money and brought quite a few players in, I think he has had a year to look at it," Pulis said.

"Next year he has to come close to winning the league -- he'll know that.

"It's been great experience for him this year. I'm sure he'll add a few players to the squad next year. They'll want to win it, I see them getting stronger, I can't see them getting weaker."

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