Eric Bailly has returned to Manchester United training after a short injury lay-off.

The Ivorian defender limped out of United's victory at Crystal Palace last Wednesday with a knee problem and subsequently missed Sunday's win over West Brom.

However, he was pictured training with the Red Devils' first team at Carrington on Wednesday, giving Jose Mourinho a boost ahead of Sunderland's visit to Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

One player who is unlikely to feature against the Black Cats is Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba
Bailly missed United's win over West Brom at the weekend
Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba
The defender messes around with Paul Pogba at Carrington
Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and David de Gea
Spanish-speaking quartet Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and David de Gea (L-R) share a joke

Schweinsteiger didn't train with his United teammates and was photographed leaving Carrington in his Range Rover just 15 minutes after arriving.

The former Germany captain is one of three players who have been tipped to leave United when the transfer window opens next month, with Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin also surplus to requirements.

Michael Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin and Chris Smalling
Morgan Schneiderlin has barely featured for United this season and is likely to be moved on in January
Memphis Depay
Memphis Depay has made just one start for United under Jose Mourinho and that was in the EFL Cup
Morgan Schneiderlin, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Chris Smalling
United are preparing for their Boxing Day clash with Sunderland
Herrera and Rojo speak during training

Depay and Schneiderlin are being targeted by Everton.

United are set to add at least one new player to their team next month with Benfica's 22-year-old defender Victor Lindelof expected to complete a £38million move to Manchester.

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