Manchester United manager David Moyes will check on the fitness of Wayne Rooney before finalising his line-up for Saturday's trip to Sunderland.
Rooney missed Wednesday's Champions League encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk due to a shin problem - his fourth injury this season - and Moyes offered no update in Friday's pre-match press conference.
United are looking to avoid suffering three consecutive Barclays Premier League defeats for the first time since 2001 but have won on six of their last seven visits to Wearside.
Striker Fabio Borini returns to the Sunderland squad for the clash with Manchester United.
The 22-year-old was ineligible for Sunday's 3-1 home defeat by parent club Liverpool under the terms of his loan agreement, but will hand interim head coach Kevin Ball a fresh option for the United game.
Ball has no fresh injury worries with striker Steven Fletcher continuing his recovery from a dislocated shoulder, while defenders Wes Brown (calf) and Andrea Dossena (thigh) work their way back to full fitness.
Sunderland: Westwood, Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, Cuellar, O'Shea, Diakite, Roberge, Colback, Cattermole, Cabral, Gardner, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Karlsson, Vaughan, Mavrias, Altidore, Wickham, Borini, Ji.
Man United De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Buttner, Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Cleverley, Fellaini, Kagawa, Nani, Young, Januzaj, Van Persie, Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez.