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Huge boost for Manchester  United ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Chelsea: the Red Devils recovered two key players, Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini.

Rojo has been unavailable since April after suffering serious ligament damage in United’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final second-leg against Anderlecht. Fellaini picked up an injury during the October international break while with Belgium and hasn’t played since.

The pair travelled to London with the rest of the squad while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick still remain on the sidelines recovering form their injuries.

Also Jesse Lingard, who suffered a back injury in the Champions League game against Benfica last Tuesday, travelled to London with the selected squad.

José Mourinho now has two more options for tomorrow’s game at Stamford Bridge, the third return since he was sacked in December 2015 by Roman Abramovich.

 

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Manchester United have five long-term injury absentees for next Chelsea clash with Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Paul Pogba all on the sidelines.

Jesse Lingard became the latest injury concern for the red Devils after the attacker picked up a back injury during Tuesday night’s Champions League win over Benfica.

Speaking about this issue to ManUtd.com Red Devils manager José Mourinho said he’s not sure if he will be able to recover some of them for the Stamford Bridge game next Sunday:

“I have to wait a little bit. Normally, the press conference is a bit later in the week, we still have Friday and Saturday [to come].

I’m not very optimistic, but I don’t want to lie. I don’t want you to say that I told a lie when I said there’s no chance of recovering, so I prefer just to say two more days to confirm my expectation.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill helped compatriot and rival Jesse Lingard in the penalty area just before Manchester United goal today and was blasted on social media.

 

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“I don’t see how it could have cost me because it was nowhere near the goal, – Cahill told Sky Sports speaking after the game – My instinct on that situation was I was nervous 50/50 whether it was a penalty or not”.

“He come across and I grabbed hold of him. It was instinct to pick him up. Sometimes you have that”.

Then Cahill added: “In hindsight it probably looks silly now. But I had the instinct the sooner I get him up on his feet the sooner he tries to stop the referee thinking otherwise. That was the situation there”.

“Like I say, in hindsight it probably looks silly now but if that’s all there is to pick up on from all the incidents in the game then it was irrelevant in the goal”.

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Manchester United star Jesse Lingard scored a stunning goal in last season clash at Stamford Bridge and recalled that game with MUTV before Sunday’s game against Chelsea:

I enjoyed it last time when I was there and it was nice to be on the scoresheet,” he claimed.

We drew (1-1) though so hopefully we can get the win this time.

“Goals and assists are especially key for me this season and I was able to get one of each (against Fenerbahce) so I need to kick on now.

“I think our confidence is very high now. We know it’s going to be a tough game against Chelsea but we are mentally prepared for that. We have the confidence now to go on and win every game.”

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said his team deserved the win after his side let victory slip through their fingers in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Jesse Lingard’s goal just after the hour mark seemed to have won it for the Reds, only for poor defending late on to hand Diego Costa his sixth goal in as many games to claim a draw.

After the game, van Gaal said in his press conference that the result was unlucky:

I think we played a superb game until the last quarter,” he said.

We did not keep the ball and we did not play the attack in the way I think we have to do. We were unlucky that we got the goal against us, it was unbelievable. We did not reward ourselves.”

Costa’s goal came in the first of six injury time minutes, and van Gaal said that his team should have been more composed to see the game out:

It is because of Chelsea pushing with long balls and more aggression, but nevertheless you have to keep the ball and we have to be composed when we defend.

“We have to make sure we are not kicking the ball away without any meaning. There were a lot of times when I think we could have controlled the ball and played the ball.

“Also, we could have scored after the first goal, I think, but we do not reward ourselves. When you play such a game against a fantastic team like Chelsea, you have to reward yourself.”

However, the Dutchman couldn’t hide his true feelings after seeing two points dropped:

It is deep frustration for me because we were the better team.

“Again, we did not win and we had the chances but we did not win.”

On the things United could have done better, van Gaal said that the referee could have helped his side:

The defensive organisation, you have to be composed. When you can control the ball, you have to control the ball and then you can play it out, not just kicking the ball away and then the next attack of Chelsea is there.

“I don’t think that all the fouls were free-kicks but this referee gave them a lot of free-kicks at the end of the game. The time was also already over the six minutes and he let the corner kick play on. Then we had a free pitch for us, a lot of space, and then he whistled. He did that in the first half as well, maybe you remember that, so I think you cannot do that. I don’t think that was fair to two teams.”

With United now fifth in the table, can Gaal has said that work needs to be done to secure Champions League qualification next season:

When your aim is to be third, second or first then you need to win because the gap is already big and the gap is now bigger than before and that is not good.

“I know that we have to play a very nasty away duel and match against Chelsea. Of course, I shall say to my players that it was a fantastic performance until the last quarter, I have said that already, but we have to reward ourselves because it is not the first time this has overcome us.”

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