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20/12/2008 06:58, Report by Gemma Thompson in Yokohama
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Bench spot for Berba

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Dimitar Berbatov will be among United's substitutes for the FIFA Club World Cup final against Liga de Quito on Sunday.

The Bulgarian contracted a virus earlier in the week and was forced to sit out Thursday's 5-3 semi-final win over Gamba Osaka.

He returned to training the following day, but Sir Alex does not feel the striker is fit enough to start.

"I still don't think Dimitar is quite ready for the game at the moment," said the manager at his pre-match press conference.

"He'll be on the bench and may play some of the match, but he's not ready to start. Other than that everyone is okay."

The United boss admits he still has a few decisions to make regarding team selection, but he did confirm Ji-sung Park would be a definite starter.

"Ji will play on Sunday," revealed Sir Alex. "I've still to choose my team, but I will make changes [from Thursday] and freshen things up because I have to consider the games we have back home.

"Nevertheless, I'll be playing a side capable of winning the

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Dimitar back in contention

"I still don't think Dimitar is quite ready for the game at the moment. He'll be on the bench and may play some of the match, but he's not ready to start. Other than that everyone is okay."

- Sir Alex Ferguson

FIFA Club World Cup Final
Liga de Quito v United, KO 10:30 GMT

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