PHOTOS: Manchester United in training but Angel Di Maria nowhere to be seen

Manchester United have trained prior to another vital game this weekend.

Manchester United’s players have been photographed in training ahead of their Premier League encounter with Liverpool.

The fierce rivals go head-to-head on Sunday with United looking for their sixth consecutive victory and Liverpool smarting from their Champions League elimination.

United welcomed Phil Jones back to first-team training while Radamel Falcao and Jesse Lingard were also involved but there was no sign of British-record signing Angel Di Maria…at least not in the pictures United supplied to the media.

It could simply be a ruse with the Argentine back for the huge match at Old Trafford, but manager Louis van Gaal will not want to rush Di Maria back as he approaches the busy festive period.

Others involved in United’s latest training session included defender Jonny Evans, who looked rusty on his return to first-team action against Southampton on Monday, and right-back Rafael, who has not featured for the club since the 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Below is a selection of images from Friday's training session:

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