As Manchester United prepare for a difficult away fixture against Everton, manager Louis Van Gaal will be without the services of Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo. As the race for a Champions League spot heats up amongst Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, United welcome back Robin Van Persie who could make a late appearance in the fixture.

Speaking before the game, Van Gaal confirmed that Carrick, Jones and Marcos Rojo will miss the tie while Daley Blinda s fitness was still questionable. The manager also revealed that Rafael will be sidelined for the rest of the season after cracking his ribs while playing for the second team while confirming that Januzaja s injury was not serious.

a Maybe only one (will return), but there is still a question mark. For you, I shall say it is Daley Blind, but there is a question mark. Rafael, it is unbelievable. He has broken his ribs so he shall not play anymore this season for Manchester United very unfortunately. Januzaj is not such a heavy injury.”

Meanwhile Manchester United might welcome back Robin Van Persie who has been sidelined with an injury, missing a string of crucial matches for the Red Devils. However Van Gaal claimed that the Dutch international would have to persevere hard in training and while playing for the second team if he is reclaim his spot in the starting eleven.

However what remains to be seen is whether Van Gaal opts for Radamel Falcao to lead the teama s attack as Wayne Rooney could be deployed in the midfield again to make up for the loss of Daley Blind and Michael Carrick.