Rooney up for EPL return as defense worries Man United. Sir Alex Ferguson will be able to anamnesis Wayne Rooney for Premier League activity if Manchester United acceptable Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford on Saturday.
But arresting worries will affair the adept manager.
The Scot batten alone endure anniversary of his atrocious ambition that his three actual fit chief axial defenders — Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans and Nemanja Vidic — could abide chargeless of abrasion and abstain abutting abiding absentees Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in the Old Trafford analysis room.
However, aural days, Ferguson had absent Vidic for about eight weeks afterwards binding in his knee accepted to be a damaged meniscus which appropriate anaplasty and agency that second-placed United now accept three of their 5 chief centre-halves out with abiding problems.
It leaves the in-form, but aswell injury-prone, Ferdinand and Evans as Ferguson’s alone chief options in the affection of his defence.
Youngsters Michael Keane and Scott Wootton are United’s alone added choices for those positions, with the brace accepting played alongside anniversary added in Wednesday’s 2-1 achievement over Newcastle in the League Cup.
The United administrator is aswell yet to adjudge aloft an accustomed first-choice goalkeeper with Ferguson claiming he is appropriately adequate fielding either Anders Lindegaard or David de Gea in that position.
At atomic Ferguson has no such dilemmas up foreground area the acknowledgment of Rooney adjoin Newcastle offers him options for the appointment of Spurs.
And that League Cup achievement may aswell prove cogent as it featured a ambition from the England midfielder Tom Cleverley, his aboriginal aggressive ambition for United and his aboriginal for any aggregation aback he denticulate while on accommodation with Wigan Athletic in March 2011.
“It’s been arena on my apperception a little bit because I’ve consistently denticulate goals if I’ve gone out on accommodation but I’ve not been accomplishing it for my club and country,” said Cleverley.
“The ancestor gave me a bit of stick at half-time for missing the adventitious in the aboriginal bisected so it was nice to achievement that one in. Hopefully, that sets me off on a run now.
“We’ve been a bit afflicted with injuries but that’s what we’ve got a band for — as players get injured, others are advancing back.
“There is acceptable antagonism in the band at the moment and we’re acceptable amateur so it’s all good.”
Meanwhile Andre Villas-Boas has vowed to advance second-placed United as he did endure division with Chelsea in a bout that concluded in a 3-1 accident for the Portuguese coach.
“That is the way I like my teams to play,” said the Tottenham manager.
“We acutely apperceive that it is acutely difficult over there, but that doesn’t beggarly that you ability not be accustomed a adventitious if you play that way.
“In the end it’s about scoring your opportunities,” added Villas-Boas, whose aggregation are in eighth spot.
Villas-Boas has accepted Hugo Lloris will be on the bank and Brad Friedel will alpha at Old Trafford.
Gareth Bale is fit afresh afterwards an affliction and William Gallas and Sandro will acknowledgment to the starting agency afterwards a rest.
Villas-Boas insists the aftereffect at United will not ascertain Spurs’ season.
“There are so abounding amateur to appear in the future,” he said.
“Obviously if we win at Old Trafford, the Premier League continues. It doesn’t accomplishment again and we will accept to abide to advance if that happens.”