Fergie weighs up Welbeck role
Sir Alex Ferguson is considering throwing Danny Welbeck into the starting line-up for Man Utd's Champions League tie away to Basel.
Last Updated: 06/12/11 8:49am
Sir Alex Ferguson is considering throwing Danny Welbeck into the starting line-up for Manchester United's crucial UEFA Champions League tie away to Basel.
Welbeck has not started a match since picking up a muscle injury which ruled him out of England's friendly win over Sweden last month.
However, he appeared as a late substitute in United's 1-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday and is in contention to replace the injured Javier Hernandez against Basel on Wednesday.
Hernandez is facing several weeks on the sidelines due to an ankle ligament injury suffered in the early stages at Villa and Ferguson is weighing up whether Welbeck is ready to start in Switzerland.
"Danny Welbeck came back at Villa, got some time on the pitch, and he gives us an option for Wednesday," said the United manager.
"He's not had a lot of football recently so it's something I'll have to consider.
"But I thought Nani did all right down the middle and Antonio Valencia also did very well when he came on so we've got some options up front. Maybe Berbatov will be fit also."
United have regrouped in impressive style since the 6-1 home mauling by Manchester City and achieved their fourth 1-0 win in the last five games against Alex McLeish's side.
Their fifth away success of the campaign also equalled the entire number of league wins they achieved throughout the 2010/2011 season.
Ferguson said: "The one good thing is we've increased our concentration away from home.
"We've certainly showed in the last few games the concentration in terms of defensively.
"I thought we controlled the game, some of our football was good and there were some good performances. We had a good rhythm to our game.
"Yes, maybe we could have done better in the finishing department. We missed some good opportunities and on three occasions we had three-versus-three and three-versus-two on occasions and that can cost you.
"But I think consistency will help us in terms of the confidence."