NEWS & FEATURES

30/04/2008 08:40, Report by Nick Coppack

Trio fit to face Hammers?

Sir Alex is hopeful Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra will all be fit to face West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Rooney (hip) and Vidic (head) missed the Reds’ triumphant Champions League semi-final second leg on Tuesday night, while Evra (head) was stretchered off in the game’s dying stages.

“Patrice got a real bang on the head,” the manager confirmed, “but I’m sure he’ll be all right for Saturday.

“Vidic may be okay too, but that’s in the doctor’s hands.”

There were murmurs of doubt among United fans when it became apparent Rooney had been left out of the Barcelona clash, but Sir Alex told MUTV he had little choice.

“After getting the knock against Chelsea on Saturday, Wayne was in real pain on Monday.

“I made the decision not to risk him because if I had to then substitute him early in the match it could really have affected us. So I went with a front two of Ronaldo and Tevez.

“Wayne has got a big chance [of being fit for West Ham]. He’ll be all right for Saturday.”

Sir Alex on the fighting fit

Wayne Rooney
"I think Wayne has a big chance of being fit for West Ham. I'm sure he’ll be all right for Saturday."

Patrice Evra
"Evra got a real bang on the head but I’m sure he’ll be all right."

Nemanja Vidic
"Vidic may be okay too, but that’s in the doctor’s hands."
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