Michael Carrick and Jonny Evans are doubts for Manchester United’s trip to Arsenal as Sir Alex Ferguson vows to name a strong team.
There have been suggestions that the United boss will bring in a host of his young guns for the game at the Emirates Stadium following Monday’s Premier League title-clinching victory against Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
Indeed, the issuing of squad number 44 to 18-year-old Belgian midfielder Adnan Januzaj has prompted talk of a possible first-team outing for him before the summer.
But with Arsenal fighting it out for a top-four finish along with London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham, Ferguson is adamant that he will send out a team strong enough to win the game.
He told his Friday press conference: “Having won the league, there’s always a danger of falling into the trap of ‘it’s all over and we can relax’ and enjoy ourselves but I think we’ve got a duty to other clubs who are chasing Champions League places.
“Also, the rivalry we’ve had with Arsenal and then Chelsea over the years does put an edge to these games anyway so hopefully we’ll represent ourselves in the right way.”
Evans and Carrick both picked up knocks against Villa and are likely to miss out so Ferguson can bring back Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to his central defence and push Phil Jones into midfield if necessary.
Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Nani could also get a run-out at the Emirates, while Ferguson is hoping that veteran midfielder Paul Scholes will play again before the end of the season if he fails to make the Gunners match.
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