Following a disappointing 0-0 stalemate with Rangers at Old Trafford, United are searching for three points and much needed momentum in Valencia…
Ins and outs
With the defence leaking goals, Sir Alex is likely to welcome Rio Ferdinand back with open arms as he looks to reignite his formidable centre-half paring with Nemanja Vidic. Midfield duo Anderson and Michael Carrick are also back after spells out through injury, and are joined by summer signing Bebe, who made his Reds debut against Scunthorpe in the Carling Cup last week. United are without the injured Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. Joaquín, David Albelda and Miguel are all expected to return for Valencia after sitting out Saturday’s 2-0 win over Sporting Gijon. Éver Banega (ankle) and Vicente (hamstring) are missing through injury.
With bags of pace and plenty of trickery, Spanish international Joaquín will give United's defence plenty to think about, particularly on the counter and from dead-ball situations.