“We have more or less same squad as the other night, plus Giggs, Scholes and Carrick. Michael had a bug. Jonny Evans is okay – he had a dead leg that he picked up on Saturday against Tottenham and we just took him off towards the end.” Sir Alex Ferguson
Speaking at the pre-match conference this morning, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Jonny Evans will be fit to play Newcastle United this weekend after recovering from a dead leg.
With Newcastle’s aerial prowess in Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, having Jonny fit is a huge boost. As much as Scott Wootton impressed me in his two performances, this trip away to St James’ Park would of been too much too soon for him to start I feel.
However, even with Jonny Evans back, it is likely to be a tough game but hopefully it will be a better result than the 3-0 drumming last season.
As well as Evans, the trio of Giggs, Scholes and Carrick are fit for Sunday’s game so we have a very strong looking squad.
Here are the rest of the main points that Sir Alex discussed this morning including positive news that Chris Smalling has indeed returned to training.
On Newcastle: “It’s always a difficult place to go to. I think Alan Pardew has got a really good team there. After the game against Tottenham, we have to make sure we don’t lose.”
On attacking options: “As I’ve said before, we have strength in our attacking options. I put Shinji on the bench [v Cluj]. We played really good football at times – it was interesting to play Rooney, Chicharito and van Persie together. It gives me some thoughts and options for certain games. Hopefully I’ll pick the right team.”
On other injuries: “The only one who has chance of coming back is Smalling. He has started training on the football side and that helps us particularly as we have problem at centre-back. Jones is still out, Young will start training while the internationals are on, particularly in the second week, and could at a stretch be back for the Stoke game.”