Over the season, Manchester United have lost key players due to various injuries which have hampered their progress in the current campaign. At a point of time, the Red Devils had as many as 9 first-team players out of action but good times seem to be back at Old Trafford.
After it was revealed that long-term absentee Luke Shaw is back in training, United were handed another boost earlier this week.
Defenders Ashley Young and Phil Jones were back in action in a United shirt as they played the U-21 games against Chelsea this week.
The Manchester Evening News reported that the manager Louis van Gaal was present at Old Trafford for this game in which along with the defensive duo, Cameroon international Cameron Borthwick-Jackson also made his injury return.
Manager Warren Joyce, inexplicably, started seven defenders and it contributed to a disjointed first-half in which Kasey Palmer’s clever free-kick gave Chelsea the lead early on.
England international Ashley Young shone on the night in a fullback position as he showed glimpses of what United were missing over the last month or so in his absence.
His movement was too much for the Blues to handle in the second half and he almost got himself an assist late in the game. He played the whole 90 minutes, which is not usually the case with a player returning from injury as he showed no signs of fatigue on the night.
However, his fellow team mate, Phil Jones had a night to forget.
Paired alongside young RoShaun Williams, Jones was unsettled right from the start as he was often caught out at the back by Chelsea.
His passing was also wayward as did not look up to the mark coming back to play a professional game after two months.
However, he lasted just until the 80th minute when he was substituted without any sign of injury but it was revealed that the 24-year old might not play a role in United’s remaining games this season.
But Young, who showed that he is back fit might get a chance as soon as the game against Tottenham this weekend.
Young Brothwick-Johnson also impressed on his return and will be hoping to continue his revival with a couple of more games at the U-21 level.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw but there were lots of positives to take from the game as almost 7 outfield players in the night had already played for the senior team.
United’s U-21 outfit need just 7 points from the 4 remaining games to win their second consecutive league title.