Angel di Maria set to start for Manchester United against Southampton

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is set to hand Angel di Maria a start for their game against Southampton tomorrow.

The Argentinian winger has been out of action through injury and hasn't started a game since the victory over Hull City back in November.


The 26-year-old came on as a substitute and scored in Manchester United's 2-0 FA Cup win over Yeovil, and according to the Daily Star is now ready to make the step up and play the full 90 minutes. Elsewhere, reports have also suggested that Van Gaal will drop Robin van Persie for the game at Old Trafford.

With Di Maria back in action, and Daley Blind and Ander Herrera also returning to full training, Van Gaal has only one player - Ashley Young - out through injury. Manchester United have been ravaged by injuries this season, especially in defence, and Van Gaal says he is delighted to be able to pick from an almost fully fit squad.


"I hope so because now the players are coming back and I will have a full selection of players within three weeks, I think," the Manchester United boss said when quizzed about his returning players.

"Normally, we should then play better because a lot of players who were also fixed in my line-up - Daley Blind and Di Maria, for example - are now coming back.


"Marcos Rojo, for example, was also fixed in my line-up. I didn't have the chance to build up with the same players. I hope that I can do that now, but you never know."

The Red Devils are currently in third place in the Premier League but have drawn three of their last four fixtures. 

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