Mike Phelan has insisted Manchester United would not consider leaving Patrice Evra out of their game against Liverpool if he is fully fit.
United's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Liverpool will be the first time they have faced their old rivals since Evra levelled racism allegations at Luis Suarez that ended with the Uruguay forward landing an eight-match ban.
Suarez will still be suspended this weekend, a fact that is only likely to heighten the normal antagonism for United from the Kop.
Earlier this season, Sir Alex Ferguson left Wayne Rooney out of his starting line-up to face Liverpool due to the adverse reaction the striker receives in his home city, whilst last season, the United boss did not even take his star forward to former club Everton.
However, it seems Evra, likely to continue as captain in the absence of Nemanja Vidic with a season-ending injury, will be involved.
A good tie
"It wouldn't be a consideration," said Phelan, when asked by Radio Manchester whether United had thought about leaving Evra out.
"Patrice Evra is a football player who plays for Manchester United.
"If he is fit, he is considered to play like any other player.
"What has happened has happened. What has been said has been said.
"You are talking about a football match now and I think it will be a very good FA Cup tie."