Sir Alex Ferguson hints Anderson will start for Manchester United against West Ham following impressive performance

 

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has indicated midfielder Anderson will start against West Ham in midweek.

The Brazilian made a big impression after coming on as a substitute in Saturday's defeat of QPR, helping the team recover from a 1-0 deficit to win 3-1.

The 24-year-old has not started a Barclays Premier League game since August but that could now change as the Hammers visit Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Ferguson told MUTV: "I thought Ando won the game for us.

"His performance was outstanding. He took the game by the scruff of the neck and he was so positive and determined in his play that he picks himself on Wednesday."

Nani remains sidelined with a hamstring injury while fellow winger Antonio Valencia is doubtful with a hip problem.

Veteran midfielder Paul Scholes is unavailable due to suspension.

Ferguson said: "We'll see what Antonio is like today and tomorrow.

"Nani is still going to be out (but) Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were on the bench on Saturday and they're available.

"It's good to have them as back-up and in the back four things are much healthier.

"We've got plenty of options in the midfield and up front - it's just the two wide positions."

PA

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