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Monday 20 November 2017

Red Devils confident Jones on course to face Liverpool

MANCHESTER United are hopeful Phil Jones will shrug off an ankle problem and ease the injury crisis at Old Trafford for Saturday's FA Cup tie at Liverpool.

It did not look good for Jones when he hobbled out of the opening stages of United's 2-1 win at Arsenal on Sunday.

After the match, Alex Ferguson claimed the teenager would be sidelined for a few weeks, which would not just rule him out of this weekend's fixture, but also key Premier League clashes with Chelsea and Liverpool, whom United meet again in a fortnight.

However, the former Blackburn man's powers of recovery are evidently impressive, with United assistant manager Mike Phelan today admitting Jones could feature at Anfield.

"Phil's character is very good," Phelan said.

"He is disappointed that, over the last few weeks, he seems to have limped around the football field quite a bit.

"But he usually manages to recover, so we're optimistic he can do the same again."

United could certainly do with some good news on the injury front.

Skipper Nemanja Vidic and midfielder Darren Fletcher have already been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

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England U21 star Tom Cleverley, upon whom so much faith has been invested by Ferguson, has featured just twice since September.

Ashley Young has been out since the pre-Christmas trip to Fulham, Michael Owen is making slow progress from a thigh strain and Nani left the Emirates Stadium with his foot in protective casing.

In addition, Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick are also injury doubts, while Rio Ferdinand is struggling to overcome a back complaint.

"We are not in the greatest state that we possibly could be in ahead of the next four or five games," said Phelan.

"However, we can call on all our experience and resources we have at this football club. We'll have to do that in the coming weeks."

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