United wait on Rio injury

Image: Ferdinand: Injury worry

Sir Alex Ferguson hopes Rio Ferdinand will be fit for the Manchester derby after missing the win over Besiktas.

Defender sits out Besiktas win with groin problem

Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping Rio Ferdinand will be fit for the Manchester derby after missing United's opening UEFA Champions League game against Besiktas. United started their quest to regain the European crown with a 1-0 victory over Besiktas, with Paul Scholes heading the only goal 13 minutes from time. However, the success was achieved without Ferdinand, who was forced to sit out a tight game in Istanbul with a groin injury. Ferdinand, who only returned from a calf injury in last weekend's 3-1 win at Tottenham, is now facing a race against time to be fit for the visit of Manchester City on Sunday.

Not worth risk

"We'll have to wait and see," Ferguson told Sky Sports when asked whether the centre-half would be fit for the derby clash. "He felt his groin in training after the game on Saturday and it wasn't worth the risk. "He couldn't even make the bench, so we'll just have to give him time for Sunday." Ferguson was pleased to start his team's Group B campaign with three points following a game which contained few clear-cut chances. He added: "Being the first game you always want to win that, but I was quite comfortable with the performance. "I thought they did quite well most of the time, kept good possession. "We were the better team, the concentration had to be good because it was a fantastic atmosphere and a test of the concentration and a test of the nerves." Wayne Rooney was involved in an exchange of words with the Besiktas fans after being substituted just past the hour mark, but Ferguson missed the striker's discontent at being replaced. "I didn't see that, I will need to see it," said Ferguson. "Wayne never mentioned it to me. "They are volatile fans here. It's always been that way. You go back to 1993 when we played Galatasaray, the fans were incredible that time. "They are very, very emotional and the fans can react."

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