The aftermath of an international break is a delicate time for managers, but Sir Alex was mostly “very satisfied” with the freshness of his players.
“I don't think there are any injuries from the internationals which is really good news,” the boss told reporters on Friday. “There's a fair bit of tiredness and the answer to that is to make sure we get the energies back in their bodies. So there's the recovery side to it with not much training.
“There was a fair bit of travel - Chicharito and Valencia only got in yesterday [Thursday] afternoon and the English players got back at 5am. Other than that, we're very satisfied.”
Having Nani, Jones and Scholes available would be another boon for the boss. “Nani, Jones and Scholes are all doing a little bit of training, which is encouraging,” he added. “Hopefully it will give us a good strong squad to approach the two games on Saturday and Monday. We'll try and keep the momentum going with he run we're in at the moment. If we do that, Monday will take care of itself.”