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Fletcher Returns; Owen To Start; Berba Struggling

It's not CSKA's fault but whenever we play them the focus is not on the game but rather on our next league fixture. When we went to Moscow all the talk was about Anfield; now we're set to welcome the Russians at Old Trafford but the game pales into insignificance compared to our showdown at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Therefore it is unlikely that Fergie will risk aggravating minor injuries so those struggling are not expected to start. Dimitar Berbatov has picked up an injury in the 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday and could miss out while Wayne Rooney may miss the game due to the birth of his first child, Kai.

With progress from the group almost secured, it would be a surprise if Sir Alex risked Berba's fitness ahead of the Chelsea game so an Owen-Welbeck strike partnership looks a realistic possibility. And considering how badly CSKA played on their own ground, it might not represent much of a handicap to our chances.

There are problems in the defence as well, with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic still doubtful but Gary Neville is fit and available and will probably start. Fellow veteran Ryan Giggs will probably miss out but he's got a chance of making Sunday's trip to Stamford Bridge. Owen Hargreaves is still out but hopefully not for long now.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 2 2009

Time: 4:49PM

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First of all a big hello to all my friends out here,I can just say I'm glad to be back.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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02/11/2009 18:10:00

Now to the game,its not one of those games which will hurt us even if we lose because after doing the hardwork in the first 3 games we can afford to make changes and prepare for the big game on sunday.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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02/11/2009 18:14:00

I still fancy us to win this but maybe by the odd goal since a major part of the first team will be out but the overall squad is good enough to do well in such games.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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02/11/2009 18:17:00

Welcome back Antriksh. Ok now to my opinion, i think we will be fine, a secure 2-0 win i reckon. It would be stupid to play our first time in a match which isn't even vital to us.
One United 92
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02/11/2009 20:08:00

Kuszcack, G Neville, Brown, Evans, Fabio, Nani, Fletcher, Scholes, Valencia, Owen, Rooney (if available) Macheda . Thats my bet on the line up tomorrow, heard Welbeck is out for a little while after the knock he picked up vs Barnsley.
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02/11/2009 21:20:00

Tell you what 10/11 aint bad!!!
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03/11/2009 19:25:00

Lol, very true!
One United 92
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