Date: 25th November 2011 at 11:49am
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Wayne Rooney is expected to be back for Newcastle’s visit to Old Trafford on on Saturday, having missed Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Benfica. 

Rooney’s return gives enough options upfront whilst the defence has also been boosted by the return of captain , and .

But it is in midfield where Sir Alex faces the most problems.

Last appearing for in the 2-0 win against Otelul Galati,   has been ruled out until February with a knee injury. Sir Alex said on Friday,

“Anderson is not fit until February. He’s been sent to Portugal to see a specialist who operated on him before. Not good news.”

Despite Tom Cleverly also being sidelined until Christmas, the Scot thinks he has a strong squad to cope,

“He (Anderson) and Tom Cleverly are the two midfielders out for a while now, and is also out.

“We’re not as bad as people think we are in midfield.

“We have , and and if we get Tom Cleverly back for Christmas, that’ll be OK, we have a strong squad.

“Vidic is back, of course, Smalling’s fitness is a boost and Rafael is also back, so the defensive part of the team is OK”