Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck to miss clash against Chelsea with knee injury

Paul Scholes is expected to start on the bench

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck will miss Sunday's Barclays Premier League encounter with Chelsea due to a knee injury.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed this morning that the 22-year-old will not be involved in the Old Trafford encounter, when Paul Scholes is expected to return.

"Danny is out for Sunday," Ferguson said. "We hope to have Paul Scholes on the bench to get him back in the fray."

Scholes has been missing since January with a knee injury and it is widely anticipated he will call time on his career at the end of the season.

And Ferguson has already pencilled the 38-year-old in for next weekend's clash with Swansea.

"I would love him to play in the Swansea game," the Scot said.

Although the Premier League trophy has not been collected yet, Ferguson is already planning for next season.

Yesterday, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward indicated there was no need for United to spend huge amounts of money this summer.

Ferguson agrees, hinting there have been times this year when he has been trying to manage too many players.

"Tweak is the right word," he said.

"We maybe look at one or two bodies to come in.

"You have to remember we have a lot of young players we expect to improve. We have to take that into consideration.

"We also have to consider the ages of some players and protect that part.

"In the main, we know where we are. We are comfortable.

"We have (fantastic strength in depth).

"That is the area where we don't want to confuse ourselves, otherwise you end up with too many players and trying to keep them all happy. It has happened a few times this season."

Big name players have been linked with United, though, most recently Robert Lewandowski, Radamel Falcao and Gareth Bale.

And, after reporting record third-quarter results yesterday, Ferguson is confident the Glazer family will deliver if he needs a marquee signing.

"Any time we have asked for money from the owners they have delivered," he said.

"That will apply itself this year. There is no doubt about that."

United have already completed the signing of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, who remained at his parent club on loan and is presently embroiled in a promotion fight.

And it is clear other targets are being monitored.

"Your scouting goes on for a full season, sometimes two seasons," Ferguson said.

"You want to see how someone does the next season.

"That is the process we go through. We have some ideas where we are going. Hopefully we can conclude them."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest in Sport
Sport
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered: What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week

New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered

What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week
Oculus Rift and the lonely cartoon hedgehog who could become the first ever virtual reality movie star

The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
Let's Race simulator: Ultra-realistic technology recreates thrill of the Formula One circuit

Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
10 best waterproof mascaras

Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'