Ferguson ready for Tottenham

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that their game against Tottenham on Sunday is a difficult fixture, but is keen to keep pace with current league leaders Manchester City.

The Red Devils are currently two points behind their bitter cross-town rivals, and the Scottish coach is expecting to be tested at White Hart Lane.

“It’s going to be a massive game [at Spurs],” Ferguson told Inside United.

“If we can survive that one, then we’ll have a big chance of winning the league.

“I would take it [being two points behind City going into the game at the Etihad Stadium]. I would rather go there on level points.

“But if we could go there within striking distance of being top of the league, I’d take it,” he admitted.

Wayne Rooney and Tom Cleverley have pulled out of the England squad to face Netherlands on Wednesday, and despite the influential striker having a good chance of facing Harry Redknapp’s men, Ferguson has revealed that the injury situation s looking up.

“I should have more players available than I’ve had in the last few weeks because we’ve had a terrible spell of injuries.

“But we’ve done the right thing in the treatment of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, we’ve given them a break.

“They are young players and they had been carrying little strains for weeks.

“Then all of a sudden it hits them, and we had to take stock, to get them back. We’ve given them a fair break and they’re fresh now,” he admitted.

By Gareth McKnight