Wayne Rooney could return for United as soon as Monday week when Fulham visit Old Trafford.
The Reds striker scored eight goals in seven games before a training ground accident forced him onto the sidelines.
The initial prognosis signalled that United would be without the influential front man for a month. But Rooney is a quick healer, and after doing light running on Thursday and Friday this week, should be in contention for the Monday night game on 3 December.
“I think he will be back for the Fulham game, definitely," said the boss. “He’s doing some running. Somebody reported that they saw him training on Tuesday. That’s some eye sight!
“He started some light running on Thursday and did some good running on Friday. He won’t play at Bolton or against Sporting Lisbon, but I would think he'll be available for Fulham."