Manchester United duo fit for Chelsea clash

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera are available to play Chelsea on Sunday.

In his pre-match press conference, the Red Devils chief - who has endured a tricky start to his Old Trafford reign - has, however, insisted that he doesn't have any other players back in contention ahead of this weekend's showdown. 

It had been suggested that midfield ace Michael Carrick was going to be handed a role against Jose Mourinho's side, but Van Gaal has quickly dismissed these claims. 

He told reporters: "I'm sorry to say no others are back. Even if I let Carrick play for the reserves (tonight). He's been injured for five months."

But, the United boss will certainly be pleased to have Herrera and Di Maria at his disposal as the Red Devils go in search of climbing the Premier League table. 

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Both Herrera and Di Maria were replaced in United's last outing as they drew 2-2 with West Brom at the Hawthorns, so their fitness will prove a boost to the rest of the United squad. Seemingly, then, Di Maria's intensive treatment has paid off, with the Red Devils hoping that their most expensive ever player will inspire them to victory. 

Crunch clash 

Sunday's clash, then, could prove a crucial one in United's season as they attempt to keep their title challenge alive. The Red Devils are already as much as 10 points behind Mourinho's side, so can't afford to suffer another defeat.

With club captain Wayne Rooney suspended, Van Gaal will be hoping that the likes of Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Co. can fire his side to glory, whilst Juan Mata will be hoping to shine against his former club. 

United's defence, meanwhile, may have a key role to play, as they look to keep the free-scoring Blues out, whilst Spaniard David de Gea will be hoping to continue his fine form with a clean sheet.

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