Fergie explains player omissions fo Ajax trip

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has explained the reasoning behind leaving Patrice Evra, Ryan Giggs and Dimitar Berbatov out of his squad for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Ajax.

The Premier League leaders travel to Amsterdam to play the Eredivisie giants, but will not be able to call upon their senior trio, who have been left in England.

“We rested Patrice Evra. It was an emotional weekend for him so I think this is the right thing to do. It’s a strong squad we’ve got here,” the Scottish coach confirmed in a press conference, published on Sky Sports.

“Ryan Giggs and Dimitar Berbatov are injured.

“Ryan got a knock in the first half against Liverpool on the ankle and Dimitar got an injury in training on Sunday.

“I’ve got plenty of options up front with Wayne (Rooney), Chicha (Javier Hernandez) and Danny Welbeck. I could also play Ashley Young off the front or Nani through the middle.

“It’s better to leave him (Berbatov) behind. It’s not a serious injury – he’d be available if I asked him to play – but I thought it better not to risk it, so I left him behind,” Ferguson concluded.

By Gareth McKnight