The Abaqus VUMAT Manual states:
Hence, you can use U as F, and therefore also V.
Hyperelastic constitutive models in VUMAT should be defined in a corotational coordinate system in which the basis system rotates with the material. This is most effectively accomplished by formulating the hyperelastic constitutive model in terms of the stretch tensor, U, instead of in terms of the deformation gradient, F. Using the deformation gradient can present some difficulties because the deformation gradient includes the rotation tensor and the resulting stresses would need to be rotated back to the corotational basis.
Jorgen Bergstrom, Ph.D.