Angel di Maria set to return against Liverpool

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Manchester United’s record signing Angel di Maria could make his return from injury against fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

The Argentina international has missed United’s previous two matches - against Stoke City and Southampton - after sustaining a small tear to his hamstring during last month’s 3-0 win over Hull City at Old Trafford.

It was initially feared that Di Maria, who limped off during the early stages of that match on November 29, would be out for a considerable period of time. However, the 26-year-old is reportedly winning his fitness battle ahead of Sunday’s showdown against Brendan Rodgers’ side, according to the Daily Star.

Boost for Van Gaal

This latest update comes as a major boost to United boss Louis van Gaal, whose side recorded their fifth successive Premier League victory against Southampton at St Mary’s on Monday night thanks to Robin van Persie’s brace.

United were defeated home and away by Liverpool last season, but the Red Devils’ chances of beating the Merseyside outfit would be significantly enhanced by the return of the world-class Di Maria.

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Di Maria settling well

The South American has settled well in Manchester following his £59.7 million move from Real Madrid at the end of the summer transfer window, having scored three goals and provided six assists in his 11 Premier League appearances.

Manchester United fans have seen glimpses of Di Maria in top form, but the versatile midfielder recently admitted that his best is still to come.

Already a firm favourite at Old Trafford, Di Maria could have the chance to cement his place in United folklore with a match-winning performance against Liverpool this weekend.

Liverpool struggling

Rodgers’ side have struggled this season without talisman Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona in the summer, and currently sit ninth in the Premier League table, having won six of their opening 15 matches.

United, meanwhile, are up to third following their somewhat fortuitous victory over the Saints on Monday evening.

The Red Devils have six days to rest before the match against Liverpool, who hope to book their spot in the Champions League knockout rounds by beating Swiss side FC Basel at Anfield on Tuesday night.

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