Fergie - Squad looking strong

Injured players returning at crucial time for United

Sir Alex Ferguson: Feels squad is getting strong at just the right time

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Sir Alex Ferguson expects to have a strong squad available for Monday's clash with Fulham at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have had a number of injury problems this season, but are nearing full strength as the season heads towards an enthralling climax.

Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Fabio, Tom Cleverley and Paul Pogba all played for the reserves in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Thursday night.

That leaves Nani, Michael Owen and long-term absentee captain Nemanja Vidic as the only first team members on the sidelines.

"Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have been in and out in particular in terms of illness and injuries over the last couple of months," said Ferguson.


"Tom Cleverly, Paul Pogba and Fabio all had a game. We took Paul off purely because he will be involved on Monday.

"It puts us in a position where we have quite a strong squad now. We are only waiting on Nani and Michael Owen. We expect both of them to restart training next week."

United have a one-point advantage over rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, but could be back in second place by the time they face Fulham, was City travel to Stoke on Saturday.

"Every game is must-win now," added Ferguson.

"That is no issue for me. I have been used to that for years. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going."

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