Manchester United duo miss training ahead of Champions League tie

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Any hopes Manchester United fans may have harboured over the imminent returns of Phil Jones and Jonny Evans appear to have been dashed.

According to The Daily Mirror, the defensive duo missed training on Monday at the Red Devils' Aon Training Complex and are not expected to travel with the squad to Athens for Tuesday's Champions League last 16 first-leg clash against Olympiacos at  Karaiskakis Stadium.

Jones and Evans both missed the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday evening, with the former struggling with a hip problem and the latter having sustained a calf injury.

Manager David Moyes, who has quickly come under pressure from Manchester United fans and pundits alike after suffering a wretched start to his first campaign in the Old Trafford dugout, instead partnered Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at the heart of defence at Selhurst Park.

And it would appears as if Manchester United will have to stick with the same pairing for their trip to Greece, something that should not be too much of a risk given that the club do not have a fixture next weekend due to Manchester City's appearance against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup Final.

In addition to Evans and Jones, The Mirror also report that long-term absentee Nani also missed Monday's pre-flight training session due to an ongoing hamstring issue and former Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata - who joined Manchester United for a reported fee of £37.1 million during the recent January transfer window - also not involved as he is cup-tied in the Champions League.

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