O'Shea hails United strength
John O'Shea is confident his new Manchester United team-mates will come to the fore to carry the club through their current injury crisis.
By Andrew Spencer
Last Updated: 25/10/07 10:34am
Versatile Manchester United star John O'Shea is confident his team-mates can carry the club through their latest injury crisis.
O'Shea, who was originally due to be deputising in central midfield against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday, found himself at left-back following Patrice Evra's injury during the warm-up.
The Red Devils brushed aside their problems to romp to their highest scoring away win in Europe for nine years at the Olympic Stadium.
The stand-ins look set to feature heavily over the next few weeks, as Paul Scholes faces a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury sustained in training on Monday and Michael Carrick and Owen Hargreaves are both due to miss the clash with Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Brazilian teenager Anderson now appears to be revelling in the limelight after struggling initially following his £17m summer switch from Porto.
His impressive performance alongside Darren Fletcher against Kiev showed Red Devils fans what he is capable of and O'Shea believes supporters can look at the examples of Evra and Nemanja Vidic to see what they can expect from their new midfielder.
O'Shea said: "Some players settle in right away, others need fitness and matches. There are no better examples of that than Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic.
"They took a little bit of time to settle in but everyone knows they are fantastic players.
"It is the same with the lads that came in this summer as well. They are showing their abilities now and going from strength to strength."
The same could be said of O'Shea, who is close to 300 appearances for the Old Trafford club in a variety of roles.
The Republic of Ireland man has the skills to play in both full-back positions, centre back or centre midfield and has a knack for scoring important goals, so it is little wonder Sir Alex Ferguson sees him as a valuable squad member at Old Trafford.
Typically, O'Shea brushed off his latest positional change with an air of indifference.
He said: "It doesn't really matter to me, I will play anywhere I'm asked.