17/12/2010 10:36, Report by Gemma Thompson

Scholes out till New Year

United will be without Paul Scholes until the New Year after Sir Alex confirmed the midfielder is still struggling to shake off a niggling groin injury.

John O’Shea is the Reds’ only other injury concern ahead of Sunday’s trip to Chelsea with the defender set to miss out with a calf strain.

Sir Alex is looking forward to the clash and despite not having tasted victory at Stamford Bridge since 2002, the manager remains in confident mood.

“It’s a big one for us,” the boss said on Friday morning. “Our record down there has been poor over the last eight years. We’ve managed a few draws, but we’ve lost afew too. Our record up until then was fantastic – Stamford Bridge was the place we probably had our best record.

“They’re a tough team to beat on their own ground, their home record tells you that. But I’m going into the game with a strong, confident squad. You want to go there in good form and we are in good form.”

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