losing some good players. All his players are performing in the last few months. Both Ba and Cisse have good scoring records. We're aware of their strengths and Ben Arfa is an excellent player in midfield. After the game against Tottenham, we have to make sure we get on the road in terms of recovery."
On attacking options: "As I've said before, we have strength in our attacking options. I put Shinji on the bench [v Cluj]. We played really good football at times - it was interesting to play Rooney, Chicharito and van Persie together. It gives me some thoughts and options for certain games. Hopefully I'll pick the right team."
On other injuries: "The only one who has chance of coming back soon is Smalling. He has started training on the football side and that helps us particularly as we have problem at centre-back. Jones is still out, Young will start training while the internationals are on, particularly in the second week, and could at a stretch be back for the Stoke game."
12:26 Sir Alex has been held up but the press conference is due to start any minute. (JT)
12:10 Three of United's December fixtures have been rearranged for live television coverage. ESPN will be screening the Reds' trip to Reading on Saturday, 1st December at 17:30 GMT, while Sky Sports are showing our games at Manchester City (Sunday 9th December, kick-off 13:30 GMT) and Swansea City (Sunday 23 December, kick-off 13:30 GMT). (SB)
12:07 Adam Marshall is in position at Carrington waiting for the boss. Look out for updates here in 15-20 minutes. (JT)