Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that the club's injury situation is 'better than ever' - despite having four players out of action ahead of Sunday's clash with Liverpool.
The Red Devils have endured a nightmare run this season, with an incredible 47 injuries since Louis van Gaal took the reigns at Old Trafford at the conclusion of the World Cup.
But the Dutchman now sees some light at the end of a dark tunnel, and could have a near full squad to choose from over the Christmas and New Year period as players battle for selection.
"We have only four players injured so that is better than ever. We have Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind," he told reporters during his pre-match press conference.
Van Gaal splashed out £59.7million on Di Maria, and the Argentine winger made an impressive start to life with the 2012/13 champions before a hamstring injury hampered his progress.
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Chris Smalling was pulled off in the opening exchanges against Southampton on Monday night, and the versatile centre back has a minor groin tear. He'll be out for a couple of weeks.
Full-back Luke Shaw had to fight to impress Van Gaal in the summer, but the 19-year-old is out until after the New Year with ankle ligament damage.
Initial fears placed Daley Blind out for six months with knee ligament damage after he was injured whilst on international duty with the Netherlands, but there was positive news on the defensive midfielder earlier in the week and he could be back as soon as Boxing Day.
With everyone fully fit, Van Gaal will believe he has a squad capable of sustaining their current charge and challenging the top two - Chelsea and Manchester City - in the coming months of the season.