Robin van Persie set to start for Manchester United against Fulham

MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Sir Alex Ferguson says Robin van Persie could start for Manchester United against Fulham in their Barclays Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The former Arsenal forward and captain made his debut off the bench in the 1-0 defeat at Everton on Monday and Ferguson is now prepared to handed him a start in front of the Manchester United home fans.

“Robin has had a few days training since Monday. It’s a home game and there’s every chance he could get a start,” the manager said.

Meanwhile, United continues to struggle in the defensive area and left-back Patrice Evra could very well be called on to partner Nemanja Vidic as the decision to play Michael Carrick in that area didn’t really workout so well.

Fergie also confirmed that Phil Jones was back in training, while new boy Alexander Buttner could feature off the bench.

“I need to call Bruce and Pallister!,” he joked over the shortage of central-defenders.

“Phil Jones started training yesterday but tomorrow is too soon for him.

“It’s pretty much the same as Monday night injury-wise. Alex will be involved tomorrow because he gives that back-up. Evra could actually play centre-back.

“He has done in the past. But I don’t think Alex will start tomorrow, I think he’ll be on the bench.”

Teams:

Manchester United (squad): De Gea, Lindegaard, Rafael, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Nani, Scholes, Carrick, Anderson, Cleverley, Kagawa, Powell, Giggs, Young, Rooney, Van Persie, Welbeck, Hernandez, Berbatov, Macheda, Buttner.

Fulham (squad): Schwarzer, Stockdale, Somogyi, Etheridge, Kelly, Riise, Hangeland, Baird, Briggs, Grygera, Hughes, Riether, Halliche, Sidwell, Kasami, Duff, Diarra, Kacanicklic, Petric, Ruiz, Rodallega, Trotta.

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