28/11/2017 10:00, Report by Matt Bullin

Manchester United stars Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera have heralded the importance of key men returning from injury as the Reds head into a hectic schedule of fixtures.

Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo have all made their respective comebacks from injury in recent matches, and Pogba and Ibrahimovic both featured in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford, while Rojo was an unused substitute. And it hopefully won’t be long before Michael Carrick returns following his statement about his health on Friday.

Rashford – who played 79 minutes against the Seagulls before being replaced by Marouane Fellaini – admitted it’s difficult seeing your team-mates on the treatment table, but having them back on the pitch has given everyone a boost.

“Not even just thinking about football, but thinking about them personally too, it’s hard to see your team-mates out for so long,” he told MUTV. “To have them all back now has brought a really happy vibe to the squad.

“I’m sure they’re all really happy to be back playing again, and if we can keep winning with them in the team, it keeps everything rolling on.”

Herrera was also keen to emphasise the importance of having a fully fit squad: “It’s great to have them back and, with them [in the squad], we are stronger,” he said. “Marcos was amazing against Basel – you cannot see…

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