Manchester United could be without their two premier strikers against Tottenham on New Year’s Day as Robin van Persie has been ruled out while Wayne Rooney faces a fitness test on the morning of the game.
Van Persie, who has missed United’s last five games with a thigh injury, is back in training but has not recovered in time to face Tim Sherwood’s side.
Top scorer Rooney struck twice in December’s 2-2 draw against Spurs at White Hart Lane but sat out United’s 1-0 win against Norwich on Saturday with a groin abductor problem. And it is touch-and-go if he will be available.
"With Wayne we have to wait and see,” said manager David Moyes. “He has not trained today so we will need to assess it tomorrow. Van Persie is not quite ready yet, but hopefully he's not too far away.”
Danny Welbeck has scored four goals in the last four league games in Van Persie’s absence and, after his match-winning display as a substitute at Carrow Road, Moyes faces a decision whether to give him a place in the starting XI.
United, who have won their last six games in all competitions, will definitely be without Nani, who has a hamstring injury, Marouane Fellaini, who has undergone surgery on a fractured wrist, and Phil Jones, whose knee problem is expected to keep him out for at least another week.
Tottenham have changed managers in the month since United last faced them -- with Sherwood replacing the sacked Andre Villas-Boas -- and Moyes believes they pose a threat to his side.
He added: “Tottenham have always been difficult opponents no matter who the manager has been. They have a really good side, spend well and always try to reward the manager with the players required. Tottenham have either been in the Champions League or pushing for it and have always been a good, strong team."