Manchester United's David Moyes admits injury fears

Everton manager David Moyes watches his side's match against Arsenal on April 16, 2013
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Manchester United boss David Moyes admits that there is a fear that his players could pick up a major injury on the club's pre-season tour.

Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted that there is a fear of injury within his squad during the pre-season tour.

United recently landed in Sydney as part of their summer tour of East Asia and Australia.

The squad flew out last week without the likes of Ashley Young, Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Nani, while Wayne Rooney was also sent home after picking up a hamstring injury.

"Well, there is [fear of injury] because you always pick up one or two knocks or niggles," Moyes told reporters. "My preference was to come with a smaller squad because I wanted to make sure I got as many players playing minutes, and I didn't end up bringing a lot of players who ended up travelling half way around the world for three weeks and ended up not playing enough games.

"So I wanted to focus on getting as many players as much time as I could. I think it's always good once you get the first one under your belt, you feel much better by it.

"Ashley Young has started some training, Chris Smalling started some light training, Nemanja as well has started, so we do know that if we need them we can probably call on them."

Some squad members, such as Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa, will join up with the team at a later date after being given an extended break.

Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his team's second goal from a free-kick against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter final on March 10, 2013
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