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Manchester United are set to receive triple major boost with the return of a further three players following Marouane Fellaini’s comeback. The Belgian midfielder resumed action as a second-half substitute in the 1-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
And manager Jose Mourinho is hopeful Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo will also resume action soon following their injury lay-offs
“We have the group of players which are the ones that we hope will recover as soon as possible,” he told MUTV following Sunday’s loss.
“They have to work every day but they are in a good position now. Pogba, Ibra, Rojo, Fellaini. They are in good positions so I think we can go into this part of the season, the Christmas period, and after, in a strong position.”
Fellaini made a large contribution as a substitute against Chelsea, coming close to netting an equalizer.
“My thoughts with the substitutions was to bring [on] a third creative man,” Mourinho added via Footballweeks.com.
“And then when Chelsea started putting defensive players on like Rudiger and Drinkwater and all the defensive bodies in, it was difficult to penetrate with the creativity of Rashford and Martial and the way to go would be with an amazing Marouane.
“With these different options, we created lots of chances. He has one with the chest and the volley and then the second ball Rashford shoots [just wide] with the left foot when Courtois had absolutely no chance. The players gave everything. We deserved a goal.”
Rojo traveled with the team down to Stamford Bridge, though he was not involved in the game, while Pogba and Ibrahimovic have been driving hard to get back from their hamstring and cruciate ligament injuries respectively.
Pogba and Rojo could return after the international break.
Mourinho said recently he expects Ibrahimovic back on the pitch by the end of the calendar year.