"I should have Vida and Rio back together to give us the experience [we need for] going to Arsenal."

- Sir Alex Ferguson

25/04/2013 07:38, Report by Adam Marshall

Sir Alex set to recall old guard

Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to shuffle his pack for the trip to Arsenal on Sunday with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic poised to return at the heart of the defence.

Ferdinand was on the bench for the 3-0 win against Aston Villa while Vidic missed out altogether through injury as Jonny Evans and Phil Jones kept things tight at the back. However, Evans picked up a knock on Monday and Michael Carrick was on the receiving end of a heavy tackle.

With Jones being adaptable enough to move into midfield, the boss still has plenty of options and he expects to hand several players a chance to impress before the end of the campaign.

"Two of the players played with an injury throughout the [Villa] game," Sir Alex told MUTV. "Jonny Evans and Michael Carrick. Next week, I should have Vida and Rio back. I can put Jones into the middle of the pitch and play Vida and Rio together and we'll get the experience going to Arsenal.

"A lot of the younger players have been on the fringes for the last few weeks, and I desperately want them to feel their contribution has been big. Chicharito, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Nani - I think it's important to get them involved in the last few weeks."

As for the older heads, they still have a part to play as the Reds conclude a successful campaign with Sir Alex already looking towards next term. "Giggs and Rio, the old codgers, can still carry on!" declared the manager. "Hopefully, we will have Paul Scholes fit in the next couple of weeks because he deserves to play in the last few games.

"Ryan is struggling isn't he? He's unbelievable with his energy. He's a freak - a unique freak! I tell you he can play for another two years, trust me."

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