Angel di Maria could play for Manchester United against Southampton

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Angel di Maria has a 50/50 chance of playing for Manchester United against Southampton as he moves closer to making his comeback from a slight hamstring tear.

The Argentine was forced off in the opening 20 minutes against Hull City last weekend with scan results reportedly confirming he had a small tear in his hamstring. His wife Jorgelina Cardoso confirmed as much on her Instagram account last week.

However, as reported in The Telegraph, Di Maria could be available to Louis van Gaal tonight as the Red Devils look to make it five wins in a row in the Premier League. Being able to call upon their record signing would surely give them a boost.

Crisis averted

Di Maria joined from Real Madrid in the summer for a British transfer record of £59.7m million. He signed a huge deal worth £280,000-a-week to become Manchester United's most expensive ever player.

The game at Old Trafford could also see the return of Jonny Evans, who will provide much needed relief to an injury-struck back four. Evans has missed Manchester United's last six games with a fractured foot in a spell that has also seen Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Rafael da Silva and Phil Jones succumb to injury.

"Evans is coming back. He is fit to play," Van Gaal said in a press conference last week.

There is also good news for club captain Wayne Rooney, who has been given the all clear to play again after escaping knee ligament damage. Van Gaal confirmed he will welcome Rooney back to the team.

"It's not a bad injury but I am not a doctor. I have to say it like a manager, not like a doctor. But I think he shall recover very quickly," the manager said.

"We are seeing already light in the tunnel."

Falcao concerns

The good news ends there for Manchester United fans after Van Gaal confirmed that he is still concerned with the fitness levels of Radamel Falcao. The striker has struggled to adapt to the pace of the Premier League and is still recovering from a serious knee injury that kept him out of the World Cup.

Asked why Falcao had not been starting, Van Gaal said: "Yes, it is match fitness. I will clarify it with more facts. He has trained now maybe two days after the Stoke match. We had the match on Tuesday, when he played for 15 minutes."

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