Ahead of Manchester United's match versus Everton FC on Saturday at Goodison Park, manager Sir Alex Ferguson held his weekly pre-match press conference and revealed the latest team news. The headline news was that Ashley Young has picked a knock on his toe and he is a slight doubt for the weekend. Here is what the United boss had to say about his winger:
"We have one or two knocks. Ashley Young has a toe injury and we’ll see what he’s like today. The knocks are nothing serious and I hope we’ll have a strong enough squad for tomorrow."
It has also been speculated that Ryan Giggs has picked up a hamstring injury within the past week or two. In addition, Federico Macheda is rumored to have an arm or elbow injury. However, neither possible injury has yet to be confirmed by the club. Rafael continues to recover from shoulder surgery.
Fergie also offered some more thoughts on last weekend's derby disaster and how his side coped during the week:
"We hope we can recover from the disappointment of last week. We’ve done that well over the years and we have to do that again. It’s been a tough week for everyone – it was a bad result last Sunday. We have to get over it, though – the fans, the players, the staff. We must kick on. We enjoyed Tuesday night [against Aldershot] but we need to show ourselves tomorrow. The youngsters are always in my mind. We had a lot of good performances on Tuesday – it was a very professional display."
Here are his general thoughts on Everton:
"It’s always a difficult game at Everton. I went to see their game on Wednesday [against Chelsea in the Carling Cup]. They all put a shift in and are always committed."
Fergie's thoughts on former United striker Louis Saha:
"We know what Louis is capable of – he has fantastic ability and we have to make sure we do our best [against him]."