Marouane Fellaini has recovered from a knee injury and will be in contention to face Derby County in the FA Cup on Friday.
The Belgian’s knee problems begun during the October international break and missed a month of action, returning as a substitute against Chelsea.
He started against FC Basel later that month but hasn’t featured under Jose Mourinho since November 25 as his knee continued to give him problems.
The boss has confirmed ahead of the clash with Derby that, along with Romelu Lukaku, Fellaini would return to the squad against the Championship side, adding that Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia were nearing comebacks as well.
“Antonio Valencia will be back to the team next week, not play tomorrow, so the situation is improving for us.”
Fellaini’s absence from the squad has seemingly intensified the feeling that he will, come June, no longer be a Man United player and instead embark on a new chapter in his career.
Should that be the case, Mourinho needs to ensure he squeezes every last drop out of Fellaini’s unique influence going forward. That extra dimension the 30-year-old provides with his raw aggression and awkward, usually unstoppable physical presence has been desperately missed over a difficult December month.