Also back in training is summer signing Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian international suffered an injury to his wrist shortly after his arrival to United and attempted to play with a soft cast before finally electing on surgery. He has only featured nine times in the league since his arrival from Everton on the last day of the summer transfer window. His last appearance was on December 4th against Everton.
Fellaini’s return comes at a fortunate time because Manchester United will be without the services of midfielder Michael Carrick who suffered ankle ligament damage during the club’s recent League Cup defeat to Sunderland.
If the return of Rooney, Van Persie and Fellaini weren’t a big enough boost, there’s the imminent arrival of Spanish international, Juan Mata. The 2013 PFA Team of the Year member completed his transfer from Chelsea over the weekend and was unveiled to the British media on Monday afternoon. The playmaker also took part in his first training session with United and is in line for an appearance on Tuesday.
During his two-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, Mata was a Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup winner while also being named Chelsea’s Player of the Year twice. The Spanish international also has the 2012 European Championship and 2010 World Cup in his trophy case.
Suddenly, a Manchester United lineup which featured a striking tandem of Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez against Sunderland in the League Cup, could find itself showcasing the world class scoring combination of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie; and the individual providing the crucial link up to that attacking partnership might be the midfielding-wizard, Juan Mata.
Add into that mix a healthy Marouane Fellaini and the budding talents of 18-year-old prodigy, Adnan Januzaj, and all of a sudden Manchester United’s sputtering attack looks quite formidable.
With only sixteen matches remaining in the season, Manchester United has a ton of ground to make up on the teams above them in the Premier League table. Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool are standing between United and spot in next year’s European competition.
To this point in the season, things haven’t gone according to plan for the reigning champions of England and their first-year manager. Injuries have taken a huge toll on the club’s fortunes.
But the stars might finally be aligning for David Moyes and Manchester United.
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