Manchester United midfielder Anderson

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.

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All for one, one for all. But if Chelsea's famous three musketeers are all deployed in the self-same role, then there are bound to be times when it will feel like 11 versus nine. That was certainly the case against Shakhtar Donetsk last week, and two red cards yesterday gave the disparity a literal quality. A far more telling void, however, was the fact that Fernando Torres was on the point of being substituted when receiving his second yellow card, for simulation. However harsh that specific charge, many would have found him guilty of a more generic impersonation for the previous 69 minutes. And the direct consequence was that all three – Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar – ended up being taken off instead.

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Manchester United could start with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in attack for the first time since the Dutchman's move to Old Trafford from Arsenal against CFR Cluj in tomorrow's Champions League clash.

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Evans had a calf injury in December 2011 which put him in the treatment room for two weeks. He was forced off at half-time in the 5-0 win over Wigan upon his return, leaving United without a fit centre-back.

Jonny Evans provides Manchester United with injury boost

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