Manchester United will be welcoming Fulham to Old Trafford on Sunday, and speaking during a press conference at the Aon Training Complex on Friday, manager David Moyes talked about the fitness of three key players.
Defender Jonny Evans sustained a calf injury during the 2-1 defeat at Stoke City, where Phil Jones also suffered from concussion following a collision with Jonathan Walters. Marouane Fellaini, meanwhile, has not played since 4 December after undergoing surgery to aid a wrist injury.
“Marouane picked up a groin injury in training which will probably rule him out for another week possibly. His wrist injury is much improved, but he just felt his groin after training one day this week. We’ll keep an eye on him for a few days.
“Jonny Evans isn’t available but there is a good chance Jones could make it. He has trained today and we’ll see how he is.”
Moyes also talked about the prospect of facing former United coach Rene Meulensteen when the Dutchman brings Fulham to Old Trafford on Sunday. Meulensteen was a member of United’s backroom team for 12 seasons and worked as Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-team coach for five years before departing in the summer, and had a stint at Anzhi in Russia.
In November, Rene was then hired as Martin Jol’s head coach at Fulham before accepting the role of boss just before Christmas. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s match with the Cottagers, Moyes was full of kind words for his opposite number.
“Rene is coming back. He helped me when I first came here and got the job. I had several conversations with him and he told me about how the club works, how it’s run and the players.
“I would have liked him to stay but he chose to go on his own. He took over at Fulham and changed the staff around there. It happens at football clubs. I’m looking forward to seeing him on Sunday.”
Moyes also spoke about his decision to loan Wilfried Zaha and asked the club’s fans to trust his judgement on his handling of the youngster.
“At times you have to believe what the manager is seeing as well. There is big competition for those wide areas.
“When I came in, I had Antonio Valencia, Nani and Ashley Young. Then we had the emergence of Adnan. Shinji can play off one of the sides.
“I have seen Wilfried training every day as well. I am privy to that.”
“We might have got him on loan even earlier but for the (hamstring) injury to Nani. I just wanted to see how that was.
“It is good for him. It is good for his development. Everybody will have a chance to see how he plays.
“The idea is he shows what he can do and comes back a better player for Manchester United.”