Manuel Pellegrini: 'Manchester United can cope without Wayne Rooney'

Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester on September 27, 2014
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Manuel Pellegrini plays down the significance of Manchester United possibly missing Wayne Rooney for Sunday's derby with Manchester City.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has played down the significance of Wayne Rooney's possible absence in Sunday's derby with Manchester United.

Rooney was seen limping at a promotional event at Old Trafford on Monday, prompting speculation that he is struggling for fitness ahead of the Manchester derby.

However, Pellegrini claims that United have more than enough quality to cope in the absence of their captain.

"I think Rooney is a very important player for Manchester United but I think that big teams never depend on one player," the Chilean told Sky Sports News.

"They have enough important, creative players to replace him."

Sunday's derby is scheduled to get underway at 1.30pm.

Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester on September 27, 2014
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