David Moyes
Moyes is hopeful that four significant players will be available.

Manchester United manager David Moyes is hopeful Danny Welbeck, Nemanja Vidic, Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick could all be involved across the club's festive and New Year schedule.

Welbeck was substituted after an hour of the win over West Ham United on Saturday while Vidic has been out with illness since the defeat to Newcastle United.

Both Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick have been nursing groin and achillies injuries but are on the brink of a full recovery and all four United players could be involved around the festive period.

"It's only a kick to his knee," said Moyes of Welbeck. "I didn't know exactly what it was after the game. He'd had a knee problem a few weeks ago, but this was a kick to it. He's trained and we hope that he's OK.

"My worry was, 'is this the same knee that caused him a problem?' But it was a kick right in the kneecap. It's a contact injury, not anything to do with cartilage or anything else."

Vidic has been warned over his place in the United first team and has been absent for United recent four-game winning run which continued against West Ham, however the club captain could now feature against Hull City on Boxing Day.

"Vidic is fine," Moyes added. "He had a calf injury and when he came back he had a bit of illness, a bad throat the other week, so we just have to look after him. But he's fine."

Meanwhile, Carrick and Van Persie, both of whom were expected back in the New Year are also on the verge of a return.

Carrick has missed the last six weeks after being ruled out following the win over Arsenal in November, while Van Persie has been suffering from toe and groin injuries and hasn't played in any of the club's last three games.

"Well there are always miracles at Christmas time, so let's hope there will be one for Robin and (the injured) Michael Carrick," the United boss said.

"That's when miracles happen, so you just never know."