Fergie: "I can't give you an update on the injuries as it's only two days on from Wednesday and there were issues with a soft, tiring pitch," Sir Alex said at his press conference. "We need to assess players like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs as I think, at their age, it took a lot out of them.
"We're hoping maybe Young will be ready and Daniel Welbeck should be ready. He was ill on Tuesday night but I think he should be okay. At least that's a couple of bodies back fresh for us. We'll just assess the rest in terms of tiredness.
"All the players are key now as we're picking up one or two injuries. Rooney is out for at least another two games. He was a bit better yesterday. We're going to assess Phil Jones but I don't think he'll be ready."
Hoping De Gea remains in goal. No news on Rafael and Jones probably still out so assume Smalling will continue. Vidic in for Rio at the back I think, Evans should stay. I'd leave Valencia out but it depends on who's available to come in, if Young and Welbeck are fit bring them in on the wings for Giggs and Valencia, if Kagawa's good to start i'd put him on the left and move Welbeck upfront with van Persie. Midfield I can see Carrick possibly being rested for Fletcher and Cleverley coming in for Scholes. I'd like to see Powell on the bench for this one, although it would seem he is injured after Tunnicliffe was on the bench ahead of him the other day.
He covered the most ground during the game too. Hope he plays, unsure whether he will. Fletcher while he hasn't looked great hasn't played much recently so perhaps "fresh but unsharp", he was poor in his few minutes on the Saturday, played 2 passes; 1 went out of play despite him only being 2 yards away from the touchline and the other went to a Newcastle player. We'll see.
The Carrick scenario is a real quandary. He needs a rest, but we need him as we are short of options plus he's our best midfielder. This situation is a reason why I wanted us to sign a young understudy in the summer. Hopefully we start strongly, get a comfortable lead then replace him early.
Gonna be tough for Welbeck and Kagawa with them not playing a lot recently. Hope they do well. Neither had much of a chance to play in their favoured positions this season. I don't think Welbeck has lead the line like last season at all this season, when he's played upfront he's been behind Hernandez.