Sir Alex Ferguson has just finished his first press conference of 2013 at Carrington Training Complex ahead of the trip to face West Ham in FA Cup at Upton Park
As ever, manutd.com and the British media were on hand to take note of everything that was discussed during today’s press conference.
This morning Adam Marshall was on hand to interview the boss before he faced the British media and questions regarding this weekends fixture, Manchester United not won the FA Cup since back in 2004 and a good run in the cup is in order, starting with a victory over West Ham tomorrow.
Ferguson started with the news that Wayne Rooney is still a few weeks off after suffering a Christmas day injury and will miss both West Ham and Liverpool fixtures.
Sir Alex on Rooney:
“Wayne Rooney is still injured. I’m surprised, it’s been longer than we thought it would be. He was meant to be back training but he’s not. It’s nothing serious but it looks like he’s going to be out for another two weeks or so. Nani is expected to start training today, and Phil Jones is available against West Ham. Everyone else is OK I think. Rooney won’t be fit for Liverpool. I don’t think so. It’s nothing serious, he just got clipped behind his knee. Nothing shows in the scan but he’s still feeling it. Hopefully in two weeks it’ll be sorted but nonetheless it’s a loss.”
Sir Alex on West Ham:
“We’ve had some really difficult ties over last three or four years. You hope first of all you’re going to be at home in the draw, then you want a draw you can get through. But this is a particularly hard one, they’re in good form and they’re at home. Sam [Allardyce] has done great job there getting them promoted first of all. It’s not easy to bounce right back but they’ve done well and their form has been very good. They’ve had some excellent results. So it’s going to be a tough game. I don’t think we’ll make too many changes. I think we’ll more or less play a strong team and hopefully we’ll get through.”
Also news that Luis Nani is due to start training again next week and that Phil Jones is available for selection this weekend.