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Premier League

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."