Louis van Gaal: Ander Herrera and Adnan Januzaj are back training.

The return of Herrera and Januzaj have added to Louis van Gaal's midfield and attacking options ahead of their crunch Premier League away clash against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on New Year's Day.

With both players back in training after the former Athletic Bilbao midfielder suffered an injury and the 19-year-old Belgian falling ill, United now have some boost as they prepare to play Mark Hughes' team.

"Herrera has trained today for the first time with us and Januzaj has also trained two training sessions with us," said the Manchester United manager Van Gaal at his press conference today.

"They don’t have match rhythm [yet]. Januzaj was ill and you have to recover from your illness, not from your tiredness. Maybe it’s worse to recover from illness."

Van Gaal was asked if he would have more players available in his squad ahead of their match at Stoke than he did at north London over the weekend, he replied, "No" but also said substitutes used against Tottenham are available: "You have seen that Smalling, Shaw and Rafael Da Silva are coming back.

"These are the first signs that we already predicted two weeks ago, that the players shall come back but they are not back with 100 per cent match rhythm, and now we have to play," the Dutchman added.

"It’s a problem for me to come through this two weeks around Christmas and New Year, all these matches. That is difficult now."

Written by @Chukkymufc

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