Date: 27th November 2009 at 4:11pm
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Rio Ferdinand will not feature on Saturday: the big man is still out with the back injury that’s been troubling him for a while now. But Sir Alex is upbeat about the progress of his recovery, insisting that he could be back soon enough.

‘Rio is coming along. He is making progress but it’s difficult with back injuries.

‘Nature sometimes helps you, but we are looking forward to him coming back.’


Certainly we are because the defending this season has been so far from the standard we’ve grown accustomed to that it’s threatening to undermine our entire season.