Cleverley set for Man Utd return

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is set to return against Liverpool at Old Trafford for the first time since October, reports.

Cleverley injured his ankle in the 1-0 win away at Everton on 29th October and has been missing from the side ever since. The midfielder was expected to play for the reserves against Chelsea on Monday, but that game was postponed. Cleverley was also not selected for the Manchester Senior Cup defeat to Man City, which lead to speculation over his place in the first team this weekend.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Cleverley’s involvement at his press conference prior to the game, which is expected to be hostile as Luis Suarez faces United for the first time since his ban. Suarez was suspended for racially abusing Patrice Evra at Anfield in the league tie earlier this season and the Old Trafford crowd are expected to greet Suarez with a chorus of boos.

Ferguson said: ‘Tom’s training well. We were disappointed the Chelsea reserves game was called off on Monday. The plan was for him to stay over with us and play in the game on Monday. That was called off, but he’s trained very well and he’ll be involved tomorrow. There’s not much change on the injury front for us. I think Smalling could be available, but all the rest is as it was last Sunday’.

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