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The Red side of Manchester will be licking their lips in delight as Sir Alex Ferguson is set to leave a number of first-team players out of the squad or on the bench when his Manchester United side host CFR Cluj at Old Trafford.
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United go into this final group match of the Champions League as group winners and with the pressure off them, which means Ferguson can have one eye on the Manchester derby this weekend when picking his starting eleven.
The players that do step onto the pitch will be desperate to impress the Scotsman though and he will still be expecting his side to take all three points.
The Red Devils won their opening four group matches – which saw them safely through to the last 16. However, they had to come from behind in three of these encounters to take the spoils, so it has been far from easy for them.
Ferguson will be hoping that the players he picks for this one can come through 90 minutes without injury and also knows that he owes it to the other teams in the group to put-out a team that can take all three points.
One thing’s for certain, the injury list is growing at Old Trafford with Anderson, Nemanja Vidic, Shinji Kagawa, Antonio Valencia all out for the games, and with one eye on the Manchester derby the weekend there are sure to be plenty of changes.
As for Cluj, they know they must better the result of Galatasaray to qualify from this group – so have a tough job on their hands.
They are sure to be keeping an eye on what is going between Sporting Braga and the Turkish giants, but must remain focused on their own game as it does not get much tougher than a trip to Old Trafford.
The Romanian side have impressed in the Champions League this season though as not many expected them to be in with a shout of making it out of the group. They are also guaranteed Europa League football as Braga are four points behind them going into the final match.
Paulo Sergio’s side seem to play better away from home and have already beaten Braga and drawn with Galatasaray in the Group this term – so the 5/1 on the away win may not be entirely out of the question.
Kick-off for this one is at 7.45PM.