Neville ready for United return

Gary Neville has declared himself fit and ready to help Manchester United get back on the championship trail.

Neville has missed 11 matches with a groin injury but returned to action in a reserve-team game at Newcastle on Monday.

The 34-year-old is now in contention to face Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday, with Porto to follow in a Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford barely 48 hours later.

Neville is bound to be a bit rusty after so long out. But the 34-year-old is eager to help United get their campaign on track once more after successive defeats against Liverpool and Fulham prior to the international break.

“I have got the opportunity to be fit now and hopefully be available for Sunday, Tuesday and the other games we have coming up with are so vital for us,” he told MUTV.

“We need every player fit but obviously I have got to concentrate on myself and make sure I am ready.”

United have seen a seven-point lead hacked down to one amid their mini slump and with Liverpool in action before the Red Devils this weekend, Rafael Benitez’s side could be top – having played two games more – before out-of-form Villa head to Old Trafford.

“It is a hugely important game for us,” Neville said of the Villa clash.

“We know what we need to do and we need the crowd behind us.

“I don’t think anyone will be underestimating the importance of the match. There are no more chances for us now.

“We need to start winning games and get back on a winning run.”

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