Friday, March 5, 2010

Preview: United v Wolves this Saturday

Sir Alex Ferguson is expecting a tough encounter on Saturday evening when United visit Wolves in the Barclays Premier League.

Mick McCarthy's men currently lie sixteenth in the table just a point above the drop zone having won just one of their last nine league games. And with their top-flight status very much at stake, the United boss is anticipating a tricky test at Molineux.

Speaking at Friday’s press conference, Sir Alex said: “It’s a real dog fight down there. Wolves are fighting for their lives so we expect a difficult match. It’s not going to be easy, but we’re in a situation now where we need to win all of our games." 

With Chelsea in FA Cup action against Stoke City this weekend, the Reds can reclaim top spot with a draw or a win. With just ten games remaining in the title race, Sir Alex is desperate for his side to gain an advantage on Saturday.

Fellow striker Wayne Rooney is a doubt for Saturday's trip to Wolves following his exertions for England in midweek, while Jonny Evans is out after picking up an injury on international duty.

"We have to assess Wayne because he played almost 90 minutes for England the other night at Wembley, which I was disappointed in," said the boss. "When you’re playing on that pitch for almost an hour on Sunday and then nearly a full game on Wednesday, it's far too much. He's a doubt."

There was some good news, however, with confirmation that Rio Ferdinand is fit to start at Molineux. "Rio is back, which is good news. It comes at a good time with a big game against Milan next Wednesday," Sir Alex said. "Having the Ferdinand-Vidic partnership is a big boost in terms of the experience and consistency they've shown over the last few years. That will be important to us in the run-in."

The manager also confirmed that young striker Federico Macheda will start training with the first team next week.

"Going top is certainly an incentive for us and it knocks an away game off the list - we'll have just four aways after that. Winning at Wolves is a big issue for us.

“Our form is good so hopefully we can get the points we need to go top."

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