Wayne Rooney is set to return for United against Tottenham on New Year's Day.

Robin van Persie is also close to a comeback and could be involved for the first time since suffering a groin injury earlier in the month.

Rooney missed United’s 1-0 win against Norwich last Saturday as David Moyes looked to nurse him through an abductor muscle injury.

Two games in three days against Hull and Norwich were deemed too much for the England international, but Moyes is confident he will be ready to face Tim Sherwood’s Spurs at Old Trafford.

The United manager is also keen to get Van Persie back into action and reunite his first choice forward line as he looks to build on a run of six straight wins.

The Dutchman has resumed light training, but Moyes will not want to take any risks on his fitness.

Danny Welbeck is expected to start after scoring the winner against Norwich – his fourth in his last five games.

Ryan Giggs is a doubt after the Welshman struggled to play through a hamstring injury at Carrow Road.

The 40-year-old was taken off at half time with Moyes revealing: “The way we wanted to play we felt it was right and because we were short of midfield players I chose Giggsy.

“But his hamstring just isn’t quite right yet. So we just had to take a precaution at half time.

“He hadn’t got enough training in. But we thought it might be worth taking the risk.

“At least he was fresh and new, but in the end it was taking too big a risk with his hamstring.”

Moyes has done well to manage the busy festive schedule despite injuries to key players Rooney, Van Persie, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini, Nani and Rafael.

Michael Carrick made his first against Norwich since November 10 after suffering an Achilles injury, while Darren Fletcher’s return from a serious bowel condition has also been a boost for the Premier League champions.