Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw and Rafael are set to recover ahead of Manchester United's clash against Southampton on SundayGetty Images

Manchester United have reportedly received a double injury boost ahead of their clash against Southampton after it was revealed that both Luke Shaw and Rafael could be available for the game.

According to the Guardian, the English left-back's injury is not as bad as first feared and it is believed that he will be fit for Sunday's clash against the Saints at Old Trafford.

On the other hand, Rafael has himself revealed that he is back in regular training after a successful surgery to repair a fractured cheekbone he suffered during United's FA Cup clash against Yeovil Town.

"Operation was perfect back training normal on Friday very happy. thank god for everything [sic]," Rafael said, as quoted by Goal.

Both United full-back's were withdrawn at half-time during the FA Cup encounter with Louis van Gaal confirming the injuries following the game.

It was first feared that Shaw had injured the same ankle that had kept him out for over a month, but the report claims that it was just a knock and he will be fit to face his former club.

This news will be a big boost for the Red Devils boss as he is already without backup wing-backs Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, who are also out injured with no return date mentioned as yet.

Meanwhile, the United manager has revealed that it was his dream to manage in England, just to experience the atmosphere of the Premier League and admits that he is impressed by the rhythm and tempo of the game.

"I wanted to be here one time in a manager's role to breathe the atmosphere of the Premier League. Now I'm here, I'm seeing things that I thought it would be like [but] I am amazed by the rhythm of the game," Van Gaal said, as quoted by the Guardian.

"I think the rhythm of the game is pretty high – higher than in Spain and Germany and also every club has players who can decide the match for that club and I cannot say that is also in Spain or in Germany," the Dutchman added.