Jonny Evans is still yet to return from his groin injury with Sir Alex classing him as doubtful but United will have both Chris Smalling, who missed Galatasaray with a shoulder injury, and the returning Phil Jones to call on in his place.
Despite the prognosis being 10 days, there is still no sight of Nani who sustained a groin injury against Braga earlier in the month:
“Wayne Rooney is fit and has been training all week which is good for us. Jonny evans will hopefully train today but I don’t know if he will be available. Smalling should be available. He had a small shoulder injury the other night. I wanted to play Jones anyway and he did very well in his first game. Nani is not available yet. He has got a problem with his hamstring.”
Sir Alex also took time to mention the situation at Chelsea and throw a sly barb at long time rival Rafa Benitez:
“Everyone feels for Roberto Di Matteo. Quite rightly too. It’s amazing when you consider he’s won the Champions League. You would have thought they would have waited to let the guy try and win a Club World Cup. A few weeks ago we were thinking it would be a three-horse title race. That’s not out of the question. Chelsea have a big squad and lots of experience and they’ve brought in a couple of young players in Hazard and Oscar. They have a sprinkling of youth coming through too. You can’t dismiss them. Benitez has been trying to get a job for a long time – I hope he’s lucky on Sunday too!”