Chris Smalling is hoping to be fit in time for the visit of Arsenal on Sunday in a crunch Premier League fixture for both sides.
Manchester United host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday in a game that either side cannot afford to lose, as it means different things to them.
While Arsenal would be looking to close the gap on Leicester City with a win, United know they must also keep winning if they are to keep any hopes of a top four finish alive, especially as West Ham United have now leapfrogged them to fifth on the table.
Smalling has been one of the very few impressive figures for the club this season, missing only two games all season, which underlies his importance to the team.
The 26-year old is now hoping to avoid making it three missed games this season when the Gunners come calling, as he is said to have made significant improvements on the shoulder injury he sustained in the FA Cup fifth round against Shrewsbury Town.
“Touch wood, that carries on,” Smalling said, when asked about his impressive United displays.
“I was disappointed to miss the other night, but I’m hoping to be okay to play this game.
“I’ve not really done anything differently to the other lads but, probably from about halfway through last season, I got on a good run in the team and I’ve just tried to carry that on from there. Long may it continue,” he said.
United were beaten 3-0 in the reverse fixture at the Emirates last year, with an Alexis Sanchez brace complemented by a Mesut Ozil goal.