Fitness fillip for United
Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson expects to have several key players back for the showdown with Chelsea.
Last Updated: 03/11/09 11:24pm
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson expects to have several key players back for Sunday's showdown with Chelsea.
Ferguson was without a clutch of senior figures for the 3-3 draw with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night which booked United's place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
The Premier League champions travel to current leaders Chelsea at the weekend, live on Sky Sports 1 & HD1, and Ferguson is confident of a fitness boost.
Dimitar Berbatov, Ryan Giggs and Nemanja Vidic are all tipped to return to the fray after sitting out the thrilling draw with CSKA.
Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra should also start after coming on as substitutes against the Russian side, although Rio Ferdinand remains doubtful.
United can overhaul Chelsea at the top of the table with victory at Stamford Bridge and Ferguson is happy with the form of his side heading into the contest.
"I think we're ready for Sunday," Ferguson told Sky Sports. "Our form going into the game is good.
"We have some players to come back.
"Patrice had 30 minutes (against CSKA) and Wayne had 30 minutes. Berbatov should be fit for Sunday, Giggs should be fit and Vidic will probably be fit.
"We have players coming back, we are fresh and looking good."