Fergie wel­comes stars for run-in

Manch­ester United v Arse­nal

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - SPORTS -

DIM­I­TAR Ber­ba­tov will re­turn to the Manch­ester United squad for to­mor­row’s cru­cial Premier League trip to Arse­nal.

The Bul­gar­ian has missed three games with a groin in­jury sus­tained in the FA Cup semi-fi­nal de­feat to Manch­ester City ear­lier this month.

How­ever, he is avail­able now as United chase the vic­tory which would end Arse­nal’s flick­er­ing ti­tle chal­lenge.

“Dim­i­tar is fit again,” said man­ager Sir Alex Fer­gu­son, pic­tured.

“He had a slight groin strain but he has trained all week.”

In ad­di­tion, Fer­gu­son con­firmed mid­fielder Dar­ren Fletcher had come t h r o u g h a 4 5 - mi n u t e re­serve team ap­pear­ance with­out a prob­lem and is now in line to play some part in Wed­nes­day’s Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal de­cider with Schalke at Old Traf­ford.

“Dar­ren came through fine,” said Fer­gu­son.

“He is pro­gress­ing and it is pos­si­ble we could in­clude him on Wed­nes­day for an­other 45 min­utes.

“It is good that he is back. He has put his weight back on (af­ter a virus). He has worked hard in the gym.”

United have al­ways known the next two weeks will de­ter­mine their fate this sea­son.

With Chelsea due to visit Old Traf­ford next week, the Red Devils are anx­ious to avoid hav­ing their lead cut to three points, al­though Fer­gu­son is quite happy with the present sit­u­a­tion.

“Two months ago, ev­ery­one was look­ing at these

matches as league de­ciders – and they prob­a­bly are,” he said. “But we are go­ing into them in good form, so why can we not win them?

“Teams are go­ing to drop points on t he run-in, in­clud­ing Chelsea.

“Hope­fully we get to a point where we need to win our last home game – against Black­pool – to win the league.”

Arse­nal de­fender Thomas Ver­mae­len has re­turned to ac­tion from a long-term Achilles in­jury with the re­serves, but will not be rushed back into the first-team squad.

Mid­fielder Abou Di­aby (calf) misses out, but winger To­mas Rosicky could be avail­able af­ter ill­ness.

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