The boss has confirmed that Anderson will probably start against West Ham on Wednesday night, and his Man of the Match performance from off the bench on Saturday is the main reason behind the selection. Sir Alex has also confirmed that Nani is still sidelined, and Antonio Valencia faces a late fitness check.
When quizzed on the Brazilian’s performance, Fergie said: “I thought Ando won the game for us,”
“His performance was outstanding. He took the game by the scruff of the neck and he was so positive and determined in his play that he picks himself on Wednesday.” He told MUTV.
For me, I’d love to see a bit of energy in the middle of the park, the Anderson and Cleverley partnership worked so well at the start of last season and I’d like to see that return tomorrow. Sir Alex then confirmed Antonio Valencia is doubtful for the game, whilst Nani has been ruled out completely.
“We’ll see what Antonio is like today and tomorrow. Nani is still going to be out [but] Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were on the bench on Saturday and they’re available. It’s good to have them as back-up and in the back four things are much healthier. We’ve got plenty of options in the midfield and up front – it’s just the two wide positions [where we have problems in terms of availability].”
Due to our injuries in the wider areas, I’d expect a similar formation to the one we used on Saturday, and although West Ham will prove to be tough opposition, we should have enough to win the game.