David Moyes is hopeful Wayne Rooney will play in their Champions League quarter-finals second leg tie at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
The medical staff are going to take another look at the England international, who missed Saturday’s 4-0 Premier League win at Newcastle due to a toe injury.
Moyes clearly had his eyes focused on the return leg at the Allianz Arena when he made eight changes from the side which drew 1-1 with Bayern Munich in midweek with centre-back Phil Jones, winger Antonio Valencia and midfielder Marouane Fellaini being the only players who kept their places at St. James’ Park.
“The focus could only be on this game but you could see we’ve left a few players at home and not played a few players,” Moyes said after Saturday’s win.
“We are hoping they will be fit for Wednesday night’s game at Bayern Munich.”
Juan Mata, who is cup-tied for the trip to Munich after playing for Chelsea, scored a brace as Javier Hernandez- filling in for the injured Rooney, and Adnan Januzaj completed scoring for United.
The win help the ‘Red Devils’ climb sixth in the table, a point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur who plays at home to Sunderland on Sunday.
“It was very good. We played well and scored some really good goals. I’m really pleased with the performance,” he added.
“Juan Mata got us a couple of goals and was involved in the final one for Adnan Januzaj as well. Mata was terrific and so were Shinji Kagawa and Darren Fletcher. We had some great performances today.
“I always believed I had options and a squad of players who could come in and play. I’ve said all season that we have a really good squad of players and we showed that today. They played well and deserved the victory.”
A likewise second string Bayern Munich lost their 53-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga in a 1-0 loss at Augsburg on Saturday, completing a run of three match without a win.
Coach Pep Guardiola will recall his key players against United in the midweek as they hope to keep their chances of winning a fifth European championship title alive.