United handed triple boost
Ferdinand, Scholes and Evra set to tackle Gunners
Last Updated: December 10, 2010 8:04pm
Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Patrice Evra will be fit to tackle Arsenal at Old Trafford on Monday.
7pm, Mon, Sky Sports HD1, Sky Sports 1, Sky 3D and online with Sky Player
Click here to remote record SKY SPORTS ON SKY There's more live football on Sky Sports than ever before, including the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, England away Euro 2012 qualifiers and La Liga. With four live Sky Sports channels, as well as Sky Sports News, you'll never miss a moment on Sky. Click here for more. SKY BET ODDS Manchester United are evens to consider their impressive home form with another win, while Arsenal are 11/4 for a rare victory over United. Bet now.
The Manchester United manager had been sweating over the fitness of the trio as they prepare to tackle the Gunners.
England captain Ferdinand limped out of the 1-1 UEFA Champions League draw with Valencia on Tuesday night in the early stages of the second half with a tight hamstring.
Ferguson admitted after the match that his withdrawal had been precautionary and it now appears the centre-back will be fit to partner Nemanja Vidic at the heart of the defence.
Veteran midfielder Scholes was expected to miss out against Arsene Wenger's men as he has been struggling with the groin injury he suffered against Rangers a fortnight ago.
But the talented former England international has made good progress in recent days and could take his place in the squad on Monday evening.
Experienced France left-back Evra missed the Valencia game in midweek but is expected to replace Fabio in Ferguson's backline.
Ferguson said: "We're quite confident that everyone will be fit and it's good to have everyone available for such a massive game.
"Paul Scholes started training yesterday. It was just light stuff but hopefully he will be available for Monday and Rio should be fit as well."
United are looking to maintain a five-match unbeaten run against the Gunners and leap back to the Premier League summit.
Defensive duo Jonny Evans and Wes Brown had also been struggling with a virus but they are also in contention.
"Jonny and Wes have had a bit of a virus that has been going around the place," added Ferguson.
"We should have a full squad for Monday."
Ferguson also confirmed Michael Owen's training programme was going well, although the former England striker will not be considered to face Arsenal.