Date: 21st November 2008 at 8:54pm
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Fortunately, Dimitar Berbatov did not tear his hamstring during the wretched international week but the slight strain he picked up means he’ll be out for the next three games.

It’s no good news and our squad is getting thinner and thinner. Problems in central midfield are well documented, Rio and Rooney are still doubtful…

“Rio is very doubtful for tomorrow, I don`t think he`ll make it,” Sir Alex Ferguson told his pre-match press conference. “Rooney has a good chance, he trained on Wednesday and Thursday and if he comes through today he should be involved.

‘Berbatov will miss Saturday and Tuesday’s match against Villarreal, but there`s a slight chance he may be available for the City game. It`s not a tear, it`s a strain. But you don`t take any chances with hamstrings, there`s no point making it worse.

‘Wes will be missing for a few weeks. There`s no timescale on it, but may be about 4-5 weeks. It`s disappointing, but we`ve got cover with Gary (Neville) and Rafael, and John O`Shea can also play there.”