After all the bad injury news Manchester United have had with our centre backs in recent weeks, we have been boosted by the return to training of Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling.
Evans hasn’t featured for United since the 2-1 loss to Stoke back at the start of February while Smalling hasn’t played since the game against West Brom.
Michael Carrick has had to be drafted in as a makeshift centre back in their absence and if they are fit to come back into the match day squad tomorrow, it will give David Moyes some genuine options in defence.
— RedMancunian (@RedMancunian) March 31, 2014
Rio Ferdinand and Antonio Valencia also returned to training but Rafael and Tom Cleverley were both missing.
Last year, Phil Jones was outstanding as a man marking midfielder up against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, so Moyes could choose to use him in that role but would only be able to do so if Smalling or Evans was fit enough to replace him.
Of course, both Evans and Smalling’s match sharpness wouldn’t be there even if they did start and up against the best team in European football, they would be thrown back into the deep end but their inclusion would be better than playing Rio Ferdinand or Carrick in at centre back.