Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard revealed that new signing Philippe Coutinho is available for selection against Man Utd. He maintained that the Brazilian will not be rushed and is more likely to be on the bench for the weekend. Gerrard also revealed that Lucas Digne is available after the defender completed a £25m move from Everton.

“They’re available. Philippe’s trained for three days now with no issues. We obviously have to build his match sharpness and match fitness up,” Steven Gerrard said about new signings Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne. “Lucas is slightly different. He’s been involved in group training for quite some time and he’s been available for Everton before he arrived. They’re both available for selection with the group and they’re both in a good place but, obviously, decisions will come off the back of information we’ve had of both players over the last couple of days.”

“He is a fantastic talent, we are lucky to have him and at the right time he will be unleashed,” he added. “His name alone inspires people, what he has done in the game inspires people. I have no doubt at all we will see the real Philippe Coutinho in time. I don’t buy into this ‘he never had the best time at Barcelona’. This is a kid who has won leagues at Barcelona and won the Champions League at Bayern. He is hungry to play. If we can get him feeling good and the confidence back, Phil Coutinho is still inside Phil Coutinho.”

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