Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney is set to start against Manchester City after recovering from a foot injuryGetty Images/LINDSEY PARNABY

Manchester United have received a major injury boost ahead of the Derby on Sunday as Wayne Rooney has reportedly shaken off the foot injury he picked during training on Monday.

According to the Daily Mail, the England international has returned to training and completed a full session on Wednesday dispelling any fears regarding his fitness for the Manchester Derby.

The report also claims that Louis van Gaal has already told Rooney that he is set to start against the Cityzens and he is most likely set to replace Juan Mata in the No 10 role.

It will come as a big relief for the Dutchman, following reports that Rooney is doubtful for the game against the reigning Premier League champions.

Apart from Rooney, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao was also in a race against time to be fit for the crucial fixture, but it remains to be seen if the former Atletico Madrid striker can recover from the thigh injury he picked up ahead of the Chelsea game last week.

The Three Lions skipper will be playing his first game in October, as he just completed his three-game ban for picking up a red card against West Ham United.

Meanwhile, Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel has admitted that on current form City are a bigger club than United.

The Danish stopper had a 100% record in Manchester Derbys and United were miles ahead of their neighbours during his stint at the club, when United won five Premier League crowns while City were relegated to the third tire of English football.

"In my first couple of years (at United) I didn't understand (the rivalry with City). Liverpool and Leeds were the much bigger," Schmeichel said, as quoted by the Mirror.

However, the tide has changed in the last couple of years, as the Cityzens have picked up two of the last three titles and are currently one of the favourites for this season's title as well.

"Now it's different. Man City are the champions, they had their second Premier League win last season and maybe at the moment they are a bigger club than Manchester United in terms of results so the significance has changed," the former United and City keeper added.