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United hit by injuries for tough Wolves challenge


Manchester United’s Champions League victory in Bursa has come at a cost after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed both Nani and Darren Fletcher have sustained injuries. Nani has been in wonderful form this season but only lasted half an hour before sustaining a groin injury while Fletcher was substituted in the second half with an ankle problem. Ferguson said both players are likely to miss the test against Wolves on Saturday.

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A fourth European clean sheet in a Turkish stroll


Mission accomplished – almost. The comfortable 3-0 defeat of  Bursaspor in Turkey virtually guaranteed Manchester United of progressing to the knock out stages of the Champions League with two matches to spare. There were many positive aspects in a good second half display from a severely weakened side with Gabriel Obertan and Bebe’s first European goals certain to boost the youngsters’ confidence. Another was the ability of the defence to maintain a clean sheet for the fourth successive Group C match.

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Ferguson reveals thoughts on the Liverpool clash


Sunday’s Old Trafford clash will be far more than a battle for three points. Manchester United and Liverpool will both be desperate to avoid defeat albeit for vastly different reasons. Anything but a win for United will almost certainly see them trailing Chelsea by seven points after only five games which would be a huge gap to make up so early in the campaign.

For many Liverpool fans however, the objective is totally different. Manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that it’s not realistic for his side to win the title. Even grabbing a top four position could be difficult with both Manchester City and Spurs looking good bets to finish above them. The major goal for those fans therefore is to simply stop United from winning a record breaking nineteenth title. Winning on Sunday will be a huge first step towards avoiding what would be such a devastating outcome.

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