Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled Danny Welbeck out of Manchester United’s Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday - but hopes to name Reds legend Paul Scholes on the bench.
The 38-year-old midfielder has not played a minute of action since featuring in a 4-1 win over Fulham on 26 January, sitting on the sidelines ever since with a troubling knee injury.
However, speaking at his weekly press conference at Carrington, the boss outlined his desire for Scholes to return against the Blues before starting the veteran against Swansea for the final home game of the season, whilst giving an update on Nemanja Vidic.
"Welbeck is out of Sunday,” Sir Alex told reporters. “The rest are all fit. Scholes and Vidic are training and I’ll probably put Scholes on the bench on Sunday to get him back into the fray. I’d love him to play in the Swansea game.
“We did pretty well at Arsenal last weekend and should’ve won it with the chances we had. Chelsea are chasing a Champions League place as well and we'll be playing the strongest team we can.
"Chelsea have done fantastically well over the last few weeks and they are in the final of the Europa League. It should be a good game. We need to play with good enthusiam and enjoy it. We should express ourselves and try to finish off a good season."