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Sir Alex fears Carrick blow
Sir Alex Ferguson hopes the curse of the hamstring will not rob him of Michael Carrick for the busy Christmas fixture list. The England midfielder left Manchester United’s weekend win over Sunderland at half-time, complaining of a hamstring injury. Fellow midfielders Nani and Anderson are already on the sidelines with the same problem. And centre-half Jonny Evans is the fourth United star to be out currently with an identical injury. It is understood that the United boss took Carrick out of the firing line as a precautionary move, mindful of the busy schedule to come. Carrick has an extra day to recover this week, with United not in action until Sunday’s visit to Swansea. But it is believed to be touch-and-go over whether or not he will be available for the trip to South Wales. Carrick’s potential absence would be less than ideal. Fergie has only three other recognised central midfielders at his disposal – Tom Cleverley, Paul Scholes and Darren Fletcher.
The Daily Mail claims Rio Ferdinand will decide on his future in the new year. Though the 34-year-old will be offered a one-year extension, the paper says, he has interest from the Middle East and America.
In the same paper, Sir Alex is quoted as telling Yahoo that he won’t be signing anyone in January. “No, the January transfer market has never been the best transfer market and that has been proven over the years with very few big transfers happening,” the Reds boss says. “All the big transfers happen in the summer. I will not be bringing anybody in, in January – definitely not.”
And the Daily Express carries quotes from Ashley Williams in which the Swansea defender says side have a plan to stop Robin van Persie on Sunday.
“Van Persie’s on fire at the minute and playing with a lot of confidence so we just have to work to stop him and stop the service into him,” Williams said.