United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who opted to give the 32-year-old defender a rest in midweek, revealed that all the players who travelled to Romania are available for Sunday’s crunch clash with Manchester City.
â€œWe left Rio behind because we didnâ€™t feel weâ€™d use him,â€ said Ferguson. â€œEveryone is fit and obviously the City game is an exciting prospect.
â€œI think City are doing fantastically well. If they hadnâ€™t thrown away a two-goal lead at Fulham theyâ€™d have a 100 per cent record. It could be quite a game on Sunday and Iâ€™m looking forward to it.â€
Roberto Mancini’s big-spending City are currently two points ahead of United at the top of the Premier League table.
But as the hype continues to build ahead of the Old Trafford clash, Ferguson has warned that the game itself may not live up to expectations.
“Sometimes derbies are disappointing,” he continued. “Last Saturday against Liverpool, for an hour-and-a-quarter, nothing happened, but once a goal was scored it was a great game.
“Goals change the complexion of a match and you can get a reaction when a team goes behind. It could happen on Sunday, but who knows?”
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