Reports today suggest that Paul Scholes is ready for first team action after missing two months with his bad knee.

Tonight he is likely to have a place on the bench after spending the past two weeks in full-time training.

“I have Paul Scholes in mind,” said Ferguson. “He is on the verge of playing again following his knee injury and operation. He is training well and is chomping at the bit to get started. So a place on the bench with perhaps a few minutes’ pitch time could be good for him. We’ll see how things go.”