Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that midfielder Anderson will be out of action until February with a knee injury, admitting that it’s “not good news”, as Paddy Power announce increased activity and free bets offer on Saturday’s football.
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Anderson has travelled to Portugal to see the same specialist who performed an operation on his damaged cruciate ligament two years ago, with the 23-year-old not featuring for United since the Champions League contest with Otelul Galati on 2 November.
Meanwhile, the Barclays Premier League champions are preparing for their home clash with Newcastle United tomorrow, boasting a fantastic record against their opponents in the past few years.
United are undefeated in the last 17 league meetings with the Magpies but more worryingly, Ferguson’s men have scored only one goal in each of their last five matches and they will be looking to find their shooting boots against the high-flying Geordies.
In injury news, the hosts will have to make do without the services of Tom Cleverley and Darron Gibson through injury, with Cleverley expected to be out until Christmas. Striker Michael Owen will also miss the clash against his former employers with a thigh complaint.
Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck are slight doubts for the encounter at Old Trafford but either could start alongside Javier Hernandez.
Visiting boss Alan Pardew will be without Sylvain Marveaux, who has been ruled out with a groin injury, and Michael Williamson with an ankle complaint. Leon Best, Gabriel Obertan and Cheick Tiote are also doubts for the game.
The action gets underway at 15:00 on Saturday afternoon and after Newcastle lost their first Premier League match of the season at United’s rivals City last weekend, they’ll be looking to bounce back with a vengeance.
But with the title holders desperate to close the gap on their neighbours at the top, Pardew’s Toon will have to be at their very best to get any reward.