Speaking at the pre match press conference this morning ahead of Saturday’s match against the in form West Brom, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed the latest team news.
Sir Alex on Welbeck and Young…
”We’re hoping maybe Young will be ready and Daniel Welbeck should be ready. He was ill on Tuesday night but I think he should be okay. At least that’s a couple of bodies back fresh for us. We’ll just assess the rest in terms of tiredness.”
Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young are in line for a return to the squad after missing out of the Newcastle game through illness and injury respectively. The return of Young in particular is a boost due to his form in recent matches and the fact that United’s squad is looking incredibly thin in the winger department.
With Ferguson confirming that there would be a lot of squad rotation in the Christmas period, it is likely that we will see Welbeck start on Saturday. The form of van Persie, Rooney and Hernandez has offered Welbeck limited opportunities so far this year but he has always impressed when he has got the chance to. Last year, his partnership with Rooney blossomed and, at times, they looked telepathically connected a la Cole and Yorke of old, so he certainly deserves his chances this season.
Sir Alex on Shinji Kagawa…
“Shinji Kagawa wanted to do a warm-up and training on the pitch and he is gettiing close. I’ll see what he’s like today and I could maybe put him on the bench tomorrow depending on who is available.”
Shinji Kagawa, who many were hoping would return after taking part in the warm up against Newcastle, may make the bench on Saturday. He is obviously not quite ready to start but just having him back in the squad would be a massive boost. With Rooney injured for a few weeks, it is the perfect chance for Kagawa to return to the squad and stake his claim on the floating number 10 role in which he looked so effective earlier this season.
Considering how frightening our attack has been without our summer signing, who knows what we might be able to do when we have a fully fit front four of Rooney, van Persie, Kagawa and Hernandez firing on all cylinders.