Manchester United came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 in dramatic fashion on Monday night to ensure they go back ahead of Liverpool and into second in the Premier League.
That was a much-needed boost for the Red Devils ahead of their crunch clash against their bitter rivals on Saturday afternoon.
Jose Mourinho has some absentees to contend with ahead of his latest showdown with Jurgen Klopp and we’ve taken a closer look at when the former Real Madrid manager can expect Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo back, as per PremierInjuries.
When was he injured?: Fellaini was only on the pitch for seven minutes of January’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham at Wembley. He was introduced as a second-half substitute but was swiftly withdrawn after suffering a recurrence of the knee injury that has plagued him.
Potential return date: 31/03/2018
Will he missed?: The emergence of Scott McTominay and the return of Michael Carrick has bolstered United’s midfield options. Fellaini can be a useful Plan B to aim long balls at when things are going badly but Mourinho’s men have come from behind to win their last two matches without the Belgian. He also looks set to leave the club in the summer as he has still not signed a new contract so getting used to life without him isn’t the worst thing for United to do.
What the manager said: “We are going to lose him for a few weeks. Two, three four or five, I cannot say at the moment.” (February 2)
When was he injured?: Rojo has been in and out of the side since being forced off with a head injury in December’s Manchester derby. His only match time in March was in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Huddersfield and he hasn’t played in United’s last four games.
Potential return date: 10/03/18
Will he be missed?: There is an argument to be made that Rojo’s full-blooded approach is perfect for such a hotly-contested match. On the flip side, he can be impetuous and get carried away. Also, he could get drawn into tackles by Liverpool’s rapid front three and get himself into all sorts of trouble. It’s a big week coming up for United and he might need to sit it out to get back fully fit and confident. He can’t be risked.