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Manchester United Receive Major Injury Boost As Two Key Stars Return Ahead Of Liverpool Clash

Manchester United have received an injury boost in the form of defender Phil Jones as he returned to training this week. Jones suffered from a shin bone injury in his side’s draw against West Brom in October and hasn’t appeared since then.

The news will be music to the ears for the United faithful as their side have had a host of injuries especially in the defensive third. Manager Louis Van Gaal usually considers his players for games after two weeks of training which means Jones could make his first appearance in more than two months in their next home game against Newcastle United on Boxing day. The 22-year old had made four appearances before injuring himself.

Evans and Di Maria set to start

United’s next opponents are arch rivals Liverpool and once again, Van Gaal will have to go with a different defensive combination as Chris Smalling’s groin injury in his side’s win over Southampton will mean that he’ll miss the next two games. The former Fulham defender played only for 18 minutes before being substituted. United went on to win the game 2-1.

Summer signing Angel Di Maria is also in line to make his 1st appearance since the win over Hull City a few weeks back after recovering from a hamstring injury.

With Smalling’s injury, it’s likely that Van Gaal will persist with Evans and Marcos Rojo who haven’t played too many games together. Van Gaal went with a 3-5-2 formation against Southampton with Patrick McNair, Rojo and Smalling in defense. However, the injury to Smalling and McNair’s nervy start to the game prompted him to change it as he brought on Jonny Evans and Ander Herrera and put Michael Carrick in defence. He could do the same again against Liverpool as their attack has struggled this season. With Lambert, they lack the high pressing up top which could play into Carrick’s hand, who will probably play at the heart of the defence.

 

Good news for Manchester United as trio are set to return

Manchester United have received a huge injury boost in the form of Marcos Rojo as the center back returned to training this week. The Argentine international suffered from a shoulder injury in the game against Manchester City in the 1st week of November and has missed the last two games. The 24-year old isn’t match fit yet which means he could miss the next game against Hull City this Saturday but could be in contention for his side’s clash against Stoke on December 2nd; exactly a month after suffering the injury.

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Rojo was set to miss out six weeks due to the injury but has recuperated well. United have been unlucky with the number of injuries they have had but with an international break this month, they were somewhat fortunate as they played only a few games with a makeshift defence.

Jonny Evans and Ander Herrera appear for the u21 side; could face Hull City

Louis Van Gaal will also have the option of recalling Jonny Evans to the 1st team squad as the 26-year old appeared in the Manchester United u21 side. Evans played 64 minutes before being substituted against Blackburn on Tuesday. He is slowly regaining match fitness and revealed, “It’s nice to get 60-odd minutes under my belt. It’s been a long time coming. I didn’t expect to be out this long so I’m pleased to get some minutes. I thought the lads played well and it was an enjoyable game to be part of.

“I think the manager will have to assess that [a first-team recall] and also the fitness coaches. I’ve been training for a week or two now but it’s taking me time to get my fitness up as I’ve been out for so long.”

Spaniard Ander Herrera too appeared after missing the last four games and played the whole ninety minutes. The duo could be in contention to come off the bench if required but might not be fit enough to start the game.