Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been handed a triple injury boost ahead of their clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday (10 April), following Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson's return from injury during the Red Devils U21 side's 1-1 draw against the Chelsea reserves on Monday night (4 April).
The reserves' 100% win record at home came to an end against the Blues' but they are still on course to challenge Sunderland for the U21 Premier League title. They went behind in the 17 minute through a Kasey Palmer free kick but a second-half goal from captain James Weir gave them a share of the spoils. The Red Devils U21's are now four points behind the Black Cats but have three games in hand.
Warren Joyce named a strong squad for the clash with as many as nine players in the team having represented the first team during the course of the season. Young was deployed as a lone striker, while Jones and Borthwick-Jackson reprised more familiar roles at centre-back and left-back respectively.
The trio made their comebacks from their respective injuries, which have sidelined them for a considerable period of time and will hand the manager a timely boost as they chase down Manchester City for a place in the top four of the Premier League. United are currently in fifth place, one behind their neighbours, with seven games still to play in the season.
Young has been out for over two months with a groin injury he sustained during their 1-0 win over Liverpool in January and his return will give the manager yet another option in defence and attack. The 30-year-old is among the most improved players at United under Van Gaal and has featured in attack and defence during the course of the season. The attacker played the entire game against the Chelsea reserves and will likely be named in the squad traveling to White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Jones, on the other hand, has been out since February, in what has been an injury-blighted campaign. He will give the manager another option in defence but is unlikely to displace the manager's first choice pairing of Daley Blind and Chris Smalling before the end of the season. Borthwick-Jackson, however, could return for the clash against Spurs due to Marcos Rojo's poor form at left-back during their 1-0 win over Everton.
Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, was not fit enough to be named in the squad after Van Gaal admitted that his skipper will feature for the reserves before making a first-team comeback from a knee injury sustained during their loss to Sunderland earlier in the year. According to the Daily Mail, the striker is likely to be involved with the United U21 side when they face Middlesbrough next Monday (11 April).