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20/04/2012 09:20, Report by A Marshall, N Coppack

Midfield pair ruled out

Sir Alex Ferguson delivered a positive fitness bulletin ahead of the crunch clash against Everton with the exception of Paul Pogba, who is likely to miss the rest of the season.

The Frenchman has often been on the bench of late but picked up an ankle injury in the Reserves' title-winning triumph at Newcastle on Monday. Ashley Young is set to shrug off a minor knock to feature in the squad for Sunday's Old Trafford encounter with the Toffees.

"[It's] The team from last Sunday..everybody's fit," declared the boss. "Ashley Young got a knock in the second half [against Aston Villa] but I'm hoping he's okay. The only injury we received is Paul Pogba, who got ankle damage in the Reserves on Monday. We think he's out for the season now.

"Otherwise, everyone's fit. We hope we can show the same form we showed last Sunday against Aston Villa. It's never an easy game against Everton. Hopefully we can get the result we want."

Michael Owen is still sidelined and Anderson is unlikely to be involved in the run-in.

"I don't think he'll play again this season," the manager said of the Brazilian. "There are only four games left and it will be difficult for him."

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