Sir Alex Ferguson has just finished his press conference at Carrington Training Complex ahead of the visit of West Brom tomorrow at Old Trafford.
As ever, manutd.com and the British media were on hand to take note of everything that was discussed during today’s press conference.
Starting with the great news that Shinji Kagawa has been training all week and could be available for squad selection for tomorrow against West Brom.
Sir Alex Ferguson praised the performance of his team against Newcastle United on Wednesday, especially the performance of Ryan Giggs and Javier Hernandez.
The boss also confirmed that Wayne Rooney’s Christmas Day injury is improving but he will miss out for tomorrow against West Brom.
Sir Alex on returning players:
“We’re hoping maybe Young will be ready and Daniel Welbeck should be ready. He was ill on Tuesday night but I think he should be okay. At least that’s a couple of bodies back fresh for us. We’ll just assess the rest in terms of tiredness.”
Sir Alex on injuries:
“I can’t give you an update on the injuries as it’s only two days on from Wednesday and there were issues with a soft, tiring pitch, we need to assess players like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs as I think, at their age, it took a lot out of them.”
Sir Alex on squad depth:
“All the players are key now as we’re picking up one or two injuries. Rooney is out for at least another two games. He was a bit better yesterday. We’re going to assess Phil Jones but I don’t think he’ll be ready.
Sir Alex On Kagawa:
“Shinji Kagawa wanted to do a warm-up and training on the pitch and he is getting close. I’ll see what he’s like today and I could maybe put him on the bench tomorrow depending on who is available.
“The most important thing is to assess the tiredness and also the fitness of one or two others.”
Sir Alex on Alan Pardew:
“He is the worst for haranging referees. His whole staff, every game. He was at it the whole game on Wednesday – He shoves a ref then makes a joke of it, then he’s got the cheek to criticise me. It’s unbelievable. He forgets the help I’ve given him, by the way”
More to follow….