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01/02/2013 09:55, Report by Mark Froggatt

Sir Alex: Reds in rude health

Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester United are in a “healthy” position heading into Saturday’s match against Fulham with only Ashley Young unavailable for selection.

Speaking at his weekly press conference at Carrington, the boss revealed the Reds winger is still struggling with a knee injury sustained against Liverpool, though the Reds are boosted by the return of Jonny Evans - who is set to return to training today.

“We're quite healthy in terms of the players available” Sir Alex explained. “Ashley Young's the one that's still not available. Hopefully Jonny trains today, which would give us another defender. That's good news. I'll make one or two changes tomorrow. Rio Ferdinand will play. Definitely.”

United head to Craven Cottage on the back of Wednesday’s hard-fought 2-1 win over Southampton while Fulham are buoyed by a midweek win over West Ham, making this Barclays Premier League encounter an intriguing fixture with the business end of the season looming.

“Fulham got a fantastic result midweek and we hope we can navigate this trip. We're at the stage where every result is important,” the boss told reporters.

“Wednesday was important for us and we really dug in defensively. We blocked shots and cleared headers. I was impressed with that but we were a bit lucky to win the game. The first half, we could have been five up at half-time, but a one-goal lead isn't enough.”

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