Manchester United secured three points in Moscow without the services of our four best performing players this season: Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra and Darren Fletcher.
Ahead of our trip to Anfield on Sunday, half of these players will be available, but who do you think we need the most?
“On the injury front I can’t give a clear picture, there are still some doubts about Rooney and Fletcher,” said Ferguson. “Rooney is always desperate to play, that’s the nature of the boy. Of course, you can’t let that cloud the realistic side of things. It’s going to be important how he does in training on Saturday. We’ll see if Wayne does train on Saturday and then we’ll have a better idea. Patrice is fit, and Ryan is also fine, but Ji-sung is out unfortunately. Everyone is fit from after Wednesday’s game in Moscow.”
Darren Fletcher works harder than probably anyone else on the team and would be just what we need to put off and pressure Mascherano/Lucas/Gerrard in the centre of the park.
Patrice Evra has been consistently good this season, proving to be incredibly reliable in defence as well as supporting the attack. What might make him less needed is his position isn’t as vital and we have good cover in Fabio and O’Shea.
Ryan Giggs has made the difference between us winning and losing on several occasions this season thanks to the number of assists (5 in 5 starts, as well as the ball which lead to Diaby’s own goal in our 2-1 win over Arsenal).
Wayne Rooney is our best player and currently only three players have scored more than him in the league. He had a blinding start to the season but went off the boil in the couple of games leading up to his injury.