think the pitch is as tight as people make out - the size is good but it's the tightness around it that make it feel small. There's always a good atmosphere and that's important." - Sir Alex.
Whistle-blower: Kevin Friend, a member of the Select Group of referees since the 2009/10 season, will be the man in the middle. The Leicester-based official has taken charge of 23 matches this campaign, dishing out 80 yellow cards and two reds.
Rivals watch: On Saturday, Arsenal face Stoke at midday before Newcastle host Chelsea. Manchester City welcome Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.