United play their final group game of the Champions League against CFR Cluj at Old Trafford tomorrow. Sir Alex confirmed Rooney will start tomorrow, the game will come too soon for Vidic however. The boss also gave us the timely boost that Shinji Kagawa is back in light training and could be on the bench for the Manchester derby.
Vidic has been out for the majority of the season after having knee surgery, and he wasn’t expected back until after Christmas, it’s great that our club captain is back in full training, however it may be another couple of weeks before we see him back in action.
“I don’t think Nemanja will play, he feels he needs another few days’ training so he won’t be available.” He continued. “He’s not far away. He’s training well now but I think another few days will bring him on better. I wasn’t considering Nemanja for Sunday [against Manchester City] anyway. Playing tomorrow would have been a bonus but Sunday would have been too soon [for that sort of game].”
Although slightly risky, SAF confirmed that Wayne Rooney will start tomorrow, as someone of his frame needs to be playing regularly to keep match sharpness, enabling him to be at his best for the derby at weekend.
“When Wayne gets interrupted he needs three games to get back,” he added. “That’s why he’ll definitely play tomorrow. Wayne needs to play a lot of games to get his match-fitness up. He’s a strongly-built lad and when he misses two games, it takes him three games to come back. It’s the way he’s always been. He’ll play tomorrow night and hopefully that brings him on further. On Saturday [at Reading], that was his best performance of the season so far.”
The boss also confirmed Kagawa is nearing selection following a lengthy lay-off, the Japan international is yet to show the Old Trafford Faithful just what he is capable of, and hopefully he can get back playing regularly and put in some good performances.
“Shinji Kagawa’s injury has been longer than we thought. He’s much better now and I don’t think he’s far away now.”