Nani will be missing until April after Jamie Carragher ripped open his leg last weekend. The first half challenge, which saw Carragher’s studs cut Nani to the bone, was only punished with a yellow card.

Sir Alex Ferguson has rightly criticised the tackle but has refused to criticise Phil Dowd for failing to punish Carragher accordingly.

“Obviously it was a disgraceful tackle, we know that, but you just move on,” he said. “There’s nothing we can do about it now. That’s in the past and I’m more interested in tomorrow. We’ve got to look forward now. There are big opportunities at this club and we have a lot of challenges ahead of us for the rest of the season.”