Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Berbatov in line for Arsenal clash

Dimitar Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov will return to the Manchester United squad for Sunday's crucial Premier League trip to Arsenal.

The Bulgarian has missed three games with a groin injury sustained in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City earlier this month, but he is available now as United chase the victory that would end Arsenal's flickering title challenge.

"Dimitar is fit again," said manager Sir Alex Ferguson. "He had a slight groin strain but he has trained all week."

In addition, Ferguson reported midfielder Darren Fletcher had come through a 45-minute reserve team appearance without a problem on Thursday night and is now in line to play some part in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final decider with Schalke at Old Trafford.

"Darren came through Thursday night fine," said Ferguson. "He is progressing and it is possible we could include him on Wednesday for another 45 minutes.

"It is good that he is back. He has put his weight back on. He has worked hard in the gym. He is a great addition to the squad."

United have always known the next two weeks will determine their fate this season.

With Chelsea due to visit Old Trafford next week, the Red Devils are anxious to avoid having their lead cut to three points on Sunday, although Ferguson is quite happy with the present situation.

"Two months ago, everyone was looking at these matches as league deciders - and they probably are," he said. "But we are going into them in good form so why can we not win them?

"Teams are going to drop points on the run-in, including Chelsea. Hopefully we get to a point where we need to win our last home game - against Blackpool - to win the league. I would take that."

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