Michael Carrick and Phil Jones running outside again

Jones and Carrick on their way back  (©GettyImages)

Manchester United duo Phil Jones and Michael Carrick have started running outside again, according to the Daily Mail

This will come as a major boost to Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal who has seen a number of his first team stars stricken down with injury of late. 

As well as Jones and Carrick, the likes of Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera and Co. are all currently on the sidelines, with injuries taking their toll at Old Trafford. 

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It's unlikely that Michael Carrick will be in contention to face Everton this weekend, but United fans will be desperate to see Jones return to a back four which has struggled of late. 

Jones form 

Jones, in fact, was United's standout player in the opening month of the season as the centre-half was named the club's Player of the Month for August. And his return to the United back-line will prove a major boost for the side who have been shipping goals of late. 

The Red Devils had to call up the inexperienced duo of Paddy McNair and Tom Thorpe against West Ham last week and it remains to be seen as to whether the pair will be in the squad to face Everton on Sunday. 

Youngster Tyler Blackett is expected to feature following his suspension, whilst Marcos Rojo could once again star at centre-half with Luke Shaw keeping his place at left-back. 

Carrick importance 

United fans will also be very pleased to see that Carrick is on his way back to full-fitness. The experienced midfielder hasn't featured for the Red Devils yet this season, but could be back in action after the international break. 

With Ander Herrera currently out on the sidelines, Van Gaal's expected to start vice captain Darren Fletcher alongside versatile Dutchman Daley Blind in the middle of the park against the Toffees. 

Huge game 

Manchester United will be desperate to secure back-to-back victories under Louis van Gaal for the first time this weekend. Everton, though, will be hoping to build upon their fine result at Anfield last weekend as Phil Jagielka's late goal secured a point against their fierce rivals.

Both sides are already off the pace in the race to secure Champions League qualification, so can't afford to drop further behind their rivals on Sunday.  

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