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Evans and Welbeck missing for United

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed injured stars Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck will not face Swansea on Sunday as his side bid to overcome the disappointment of losing top spot in the Barclays Premier League table to rivals Manchester City.

Evans missed the 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium in a game which saw Welbeck suffer an ankle injury which led to him wearing a protective cast after the game.

Ferguson will have to do without both Evans and Welbeck for the game at Old Trafford as his side look to take the title initiative back after Vincent Kompany's goal gave City the advantage, albeit on goal difference.

Ferguson said: "He (Evans) has improved a little bit but (will) not (be fit) for Sunday."

On Welbeck, he added: "He is out. He got injured on Monday. Hopefully he will be ready for the Sunderland game."

Ferguson insisted his players had to deal with the setback against City and do their best to take maximum points from the final two games.

"We have to get over the disappointment of Monday," he said. "It was a blow to us. It has put us on the back foot. We can only do what we can do."

Ferguson also rejected Roberto Mancini's theory United remain favourites to retain their title. And he certainly does not agree the Red Devils are facing "easy" games against Swansea and Sunderland.

"I don't think we have easy games," he said.

"If you go to Sunderland on the last game of the season, with the support they have and the manager they have got, you don't expect an easy game and the way Swansea has played this season has been admirable. City have got two games left. If they win their two games they win the league."

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