FOOTBALL NEWS

08/02/2013 15:42, Report by Mark Froggatt

Young fit for Sunday

Sir Alex Ferguson has declared Ashley Young fit for Sunday’s clash with Everton and played down fears over Phil Jones, who contracted shingles earlier this month.

Speaking at his weekly press conference at Carrington, the boss also confirmed the fitness of Michael Carrick and the Reds’ plethora of international stars, although he is yet to speak to Javier Hernandez following Mexico’s 0-0 draw with Jamaica on Wednesday.

“So far everyone has come back fit from their excursions into the rest of the world,” Sir Alex told reporters. “The only one we’re waiting on is Chicharito. I’ve not had anything back that says he’s not fit so I expect everyone to be fit from their games.

“On our own front, Ashley Young is fit again, Michael Carrick should be okay and Phil Jones will hopefully be okay, irrespective of Stuart Pearce coming out and declaring he had shingles - which we thought was doctor confidence. We’re disappointed in that, but it’s not anything serious for the boy. It’s a mild condition that has surfaced but he should be okay.”

Sunday’s match with the Toffees offers a chance to build on a nine point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League, but after last season’s 4-4 draw at Old Trafford, Sir Alex is taking nothing for granted.

“Everton are very experienced and they've only lost three games this season. Our memory of last season is disappointing - we lost the title versus Everton! But we're playing well, I’m pleased with our form. I'm changing the team around and everyone who has played has done well, which creates competition.”

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