Rooney out with groin strain as United face Norwich
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (R) is tracked by Hull City defender Curtis Davies during the English Premier League match at The KC Stadium in Hull on December 26, 2013
Rooney had scored in United's 3-2 win at Hull on Boxing Day but just 48 hours later the England striker was missing from the champions' squad at Carrow Road.
It was confirmed just before kick-off that the 28-year-old, who has scored 11 times for United this season, had been ruled out after aggravating a groin strain.
"Wayne Rooney didn't travel to Norwich due to the recurrence of a groin strain. He should be available for MUFC v Spurs on 1 Jan," a message on United's official Twitter feed announced.
Javier Hernandez replaced Rooney in United's starting line-up, with the Mexico striker supported by Ryan Giggs and Shinji Kagawa, while Michael Carrick started in midfield.
Defender Rafael da Silva also missed out with a groin problem and Serbia's Nemanja Vidic returned as one of five changes by boss David Moyes.