Manchester United Team News: Flu virus leaves Sir Alex struggling to name a side for the Manchester derby
Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that he has “no idea” of the Manchester United team that will line up to play Manchester City at Eastlands on Wednesday night.
Ferguson’s selection problems grew when he was forced to send a number of his first team squad home after showing symptom’s of the flu virus that has been circulating the club.
Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra played against Wolves at the weekend despite showing signs of illness and United’s manager admits he has major problems ahead of Wednesday’s crucial derby fixture.
When asked about his team selection, Ferguson responded: “We’ve no idea at all. We’ve still got some players out with ‘flu and we’ve sent some players home.
“We’re not in a good position at the moment, but we have a strong squad. We just carry on.”
Sir Alex felt the need to risk Owen Hargreaves at Wolves and the surprise selection back-fired when Hargreaves return lasted just ten minutes when he was withdrawn with a hamstring problem.
He returns to the injured list that includes Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Nani, Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia.
Ferguson didn’t reveal the names of the players worst affected by the flu virus but Dimitar Berbatov didn’t feature at the weekend and wasn’t on the bench.
City are favourites to win on Wednesday, with Totesport offering the best odds for Roberto Mancini’s team at 17/10.
Irish bookmaker Paddy Power is on the fence with the outcome of this game and bets 23/10 for the draw; he is running an offer to refund bets if Carlos Tevez scores the last goal of the game.