David Moyes has confirmed that Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are back in training and are on their way back to match fitness.
In their absence, Manchester United resorted to using Michael Carrick as centre back at one stage thanks a defensive crisis and although Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were superb against Bayern Munich, we need the fresh legs of Evans and Smalling back in the squad.
Moyes also said Ryan Giggs is still injured but Alexander Buttner’s injury that forced his withdrawal against Bayern Munich is not as bad as first though, which puts him in contention to play in the return leg in Munich next week.
Speaking at this afternoon’s press conference, he said: “We have got Evans and Smalling back in training.
“Ryan Giggs got an injury in the [midweek] game, but we are not so worried about Alex Büttner. Jonny and Chris are on the way back and we have missed them. We want their youth and enthusiasm.”
Here’s a summary of what else Moyes said in the press conference:
On the Bayern Munich performance…
“It was a special night, maybe one of the best ever games I have been involved in because of the atmosphere, the crowd and the standard of the opposition. But more importantly, because of the performance the players put in.”
On Manchester United’s character…
“You can never question the character of United. It’s ingrained in the club and has showed its strength at times this year.”
On the Newcastle game…
“We are only thinking about the Newcastle game. We have to go there, put on a good performance, get three points and get some momentum.”