Ferdinand set for Utd return

2011-09-22 15:06

London - Rio Ferdinand is likely to return for Manchester United at Stoke City on Saturday after manager Alex Ferguson said he needed experience against Tony Pulis's combative outfit.

The England centre back has started only two of five Premier League matches for the leaders this term and missed last weekend's 3-1 win against Chelsea with a calf strain.

The emergence of young players Phil Jones and Chris Smalling has threatened his starting spot but with Smalling doubtful for the Saturday's clash with a groin problem, Ferdinand should step back in for the champions.

"I'm hoping Rio will be okay for Saturday," Ferguson told "When you go to Stoke you need a bit of experience."


  • Forthepeople - 2011-09-22 15:43

    Man Utd has a big squad with a whole lot of options, It must be difficult to make a selection of players.

      Mister - 2011-09-22 15:53

      Its the reason why they so succesful, not being over reliant on a select group of players. Any player can come in and do the job just as well as the next.

      Albo - 2011-09-23 09:02

      The success is also due to the way SAF plays with his options not leaving players benched for too long. Competition in the squad is extremely healthy to keep them at the top of their game.

  • Bandit - 2011-09-23 12:39

    Axel F knows how to prepare the next level of players and coaches - he knows about succession planning unlike the others who choose to buy success.

      Bob - 2011-09-23 13:05

      Bandit he's been there for a 100 years he should know how to manage his squad, Stoke have a knack of ending success runs, I'll be hoping they do just that this weekend, I know my boys are good but I don't want the gap to get too much, I want Bluey to keep one eye fixed on the threat from KK and his fresh team all the way to the wire, then we pip them at the death woo hoo.

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