Speaking in a post-match interview with MUTV, Sir Alex has confirmed that Manchester United’s defensive injuries are set to continue until at least the Fulham game with four central defenders still sidelined for Saturday.
“I don’t think any of them [Ferdinand, Evans, Smalling, Jones] will be fit for Saturday.” – Sir Alex Ferguson
He said: “Hopefully Jonny Evans is getting near. Obvoiusly we’ve got a good week’s training now and that will bring him on a good bit.
“Hopefully in a couple of weeks we should be okay.
“Michael Carrick’s not used to playing as a centre-back but he did all right, he did fine. He applied himself well tonight – they all did.”
Michael may have done OK but in all honestly, he didn’t have the best of games. For some strange reason, he was given the task of marking Fellaini for the corner that led to the goal when Vidic was marking Jagielka – and we were punished for it.
We are normally slow starters to the season but last year we burst onto the scene with some fantastic football. This season is set to be rather different. With Ferdinand, Evans, Smalling and Jones all confirmed to be on the sidelines for Fulham, it is likely that we will see Carrick partner Vidic once again in the middle.
The downsides to having Carrick as a centre back is a two pronged affair. Firstly, he isn’t a centre back. Secondly, we lose him in the midfield. Tonight looked like men against boys as our small but diminutive midfield was overrun and outmuscled by a burly Everton side. We cannot afford to do the same against Fulham but it looks like it might be a similar line-up as injuries rule out any substantial changes.