Manchester United midfield trio close to return from injury

Manchester United's Tom Cleverley
Cleverley spent the last three seasons on loan at Wigan, Watford and Leicester

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expects Tom Cleverley, Ashley Young and Anderson to return to training over the next few weeks.

Young, 26, and Anderson, 23, will join up with the first-team squad this week as they recover from knee injuries.

Cleverley, who has been since October with an ankle problem, is a fortnight behind in his rehabilitation.

Ferguson is excited by Cleverley's return, saying: "It'll be great to get the boy back as I think he's special."

The 22-year-old midfielder impressed in seven appearances early this season, prompting a call-up to the England squad, before he was struck down by injury in October's win at Everton.

"He's nowhere near the first team at the moment but he's doing a lot of running," said Ferguson. "He'll be a terrific boost."

Young injured his knee over the Christmas period, while Anderson has been sidelined since the end of November.

Ferguson, who brought Paul Scholes out of retirement to add to his midfield options, feels United will be in a strong position when Cleverley, Young and Anderson are fit.

He said: "Michael Carrick's form has been unbelievable - he's been playing fantastic - and we'll also have Giggs, Scholes, Cleverley and Anderson, so that's a great group of midfield players that will definitely help us."

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