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Manchester United duo on comeback trail

The Guardian reports that Manchester United are set to receive a boost in the coming weeks, akin to signing two new quality players. Gary Neville has not featured for the champions since last March, while Paul Scholes has been out for three months. Could their return to action help the Red Devils overcome Arsenal and Chelsea to retain their crown?

Scholes looks like he’ll be back by the end of January.

“I’ve started running now,” he said. “I’ve got these next few weeks to get as fit as I can so hopefully I’ll be fresh when I come back. It’s a couple of months since the operation now and everything seems to be OK.”

Meanwhile, Neville’s already chomping at the bit, revealing:

“I’d say I’m close as I’ve trained with the team for 2½ weeks now and I felt like I could have been involved against Birmingham City on New Year’s Day.”

Would Manchester United be top of the Premier League if the pair had been fit throughout the season? There have certainly been matches, especially away from home, where defensive lapses and a lack of midfield creativity have led to the champions dropping points.

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