Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick unlikely for Manchester United FC's tie with Marseille

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Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick are unlikely to be featured in Manchester United FC's upcoming UEFA Champions League clash with Olympique de Marseille on Tuesday. With injuries to Fletcher, Carrick, and Anderson, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was forced to put John O'Shea in the midfield during their FA Cup quarter-final tie with Arsenal FC. In addition, Paul Scholes was rested for most of the match and only made a brief appearance in the Arsenal match due to Sir Alex's fear of injury ahead of Tuesday's match. Ferguson revealed to reporters after the match, "I've got a host of injuries at the moment and need to get players back. I couldn't even risk Giggs and Scholes today because of the importance of Tuesday night's game." 

This leaves the United boss with two healthy natural central midfielders for the clash, Darron Gibson and Scholes. It's possible that Giggs could be moved inside as well if the manager goes with three central midfielders versus Marseille. O'Shea was used in a holding role deep in the central midfield versus Arsenal and he could be deployed there again for the Champions League clash. United also have the option of playing '4-2-3-1' with Wayne Rooney dropping deep to link play from the deeper-lying midfielders to the attack. 

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