Manchester United boss David Moyes is praying for a Christmas miracle regarding the fitness of Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick.

According to, Moyes believes Carrick and Van Persie could yet return to play a role in United's New Year period.

"There are always miracles at Christmas time so lets hope there could be one for Robin van Persie or Michael Carrick," Moyes told reporters.

Van Persie is currently sidelined with a thigh strain - he's made just two appearances in December - while Carrick has been out of action with an Achilles problem.

The England international featured in the 1-0 win over Arsenal in early November but he's been sorely missed since, with Moyes forced to swap between Ryan Giggs, Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Phil Jones.

Belgian international Marouane Fellaini has been suffering with a wrist injury, and the United boss confirmed he faces up to six weeks on the sidelines following surgery.

The wrist injury has been a lingering problem since the beginning of the season.

United face Hull City in the Premier League next on Boxing Day, before they travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City.

They round out a busy Christmas period with a evening fixture against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on New Years' Day.

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