Ferguson faced with a depleted squad for Villa Park

That horrendous run of injuries which gave Sir Alex Ferguson so many nightmares this time last year are rearing their ugly head once again. Out of the 25 player squad Sir Alex selected at the beginning of the season, eight are either definitely out of contention for the visit to Villa Park on Saturday or are not expected to recover in time. Rooney, Hargreaves, Valencia, and Owen are all unavailable while Evra, Rafael, Anderson and Giggs are highly doubtful to make a full recovery.

The fan who has lived his United dream since 1974

Forget about your £200,000 a week footballers, multi million pound transfer deals, 25 year club managers like Sir Alex Ferguson, FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s World Cup and the mega buck television deals. Ask yourselves instead ‘Where will football be without the humble fan?’ You never see any lurid headlines in the newspapers about them unless a handful of alcohol fuelled ones create mayhem like the incidents after the Napoli game in Liverpool. Thankfully, for every one of those cretins there are thousands like Manchester United besotted Peter Bolton who was recognised by the official club website this week.

No major injuries as lads return to Old Trafford

Tuesday nights round of international matches involved eleven Manchester United players, nine in Euro 2012 qualifiers and two in friendlies. There were no injuries of any note reported leaving Sir Alex Ferguson with a full contingent of players to choose from for Saturdays visit of West Bromwich Albion. This is how their performances were seen by various outlets.