Manchester United’s injury problems could be significantly lessened by the return of no less than five first-team players.
David de Gea is also expected to be fit after initial fears over his dislocated finger causing a longer issue have subsided.
After the constant knock-backs that Louis van Gaal has suffered with injuries including a four to six week lay-off for Daley Blind after an injury during an international friendly, it’s about time United caught a lucky break.
Defensively, the return of Jones and Evans would be the biggest boost, especially Evans. Van Gaal is a fan of having a left and right footed centre-back partnership and currently only the out of form Tyler Blackett is available.
Jones being back in the squad is also a good note but he’ll have to force his way in front of Paddy McNair who has been superb in his absence.
Carrick will certainly be needed for the busy festive period in Blind’s absence and against Arsenal he’ll go straight into the starting XI if fit.