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Manchester United morning news: Rooney to return, Mata backs Moyes

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A select round-up of morning news relating to the Red Devils...

Manchester United manager David Moyes has been given a timely boost ahead of his side’s encounter against Everton on Sunday.

It has been reported that Wayne Rooney is likely to recover completely from his toe injury and feature against his former club in the Premier League encounter.

The England international picked up the problem last month during the Red Devils’ Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford.

Rooney did feature against the German giants at the Allianz Arena in the second leg last week, but had to take painkilling injections.

Moyes, who will make an emotional return to Goodison Park for the first time since leaving Everton for United last summer, is also expected to have Marouane Fellaini back from injury. Striker Robin van Persie, though, remains on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, United’s January signing Juan Mata has backed Moyes to remain as the club’s manager next season.

The defending English champions have endured a torrid 2013-14 campaign under the Scot and are unlikely to even finish in a Europa League spot.

‘We have to be together’, The Mirror quotes the Spain international midfielder as saying. ‘Now is not the time to blame anyone. Now is not the time to look for guilty people. Now is the time to stick together - with the manager, with his staff, the players and with the people on the board of the club. We need to carry on, to stay with the manager. We need to believe in him, because as players we know we have to improve.

‘It’s not just the manager, it’s not just the tactics. It’s all of us. It’s not the time to blame one person. We are all together in this. Some of my friends told me if this situation was happening in another club in Spain it would be different, but the club and the players are behind the manager. We need to be strong as a team, as a dressing-room and keep working hard. We need to improve, we know it, but we need to do it together’.

Mata has also insisted that United will make major signings in the summer to make the squad more competitive for next season.

The 25-year-old’s claims have been backed by a report in the Manchester Evening News that suggests that a new kind with Nike worth as much as £600 million will be announced soon. That will certainly aid Moyes’ cause in trying to lure top-quality players in the summer.

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