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Ferdinand fit for derby showdown

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has reported a clean bill of health ahead of the weekend's derby against Manchester City.

United brought 23 players to Romania for the trip to Otelul Galati in mid-week, and Ferguson has confirmed there are no injuries from the tie, with despite seeing Fabio da Silva limp off late on.

As well as those who figured in the Champions League, Rio Ferdinand is also available for selection after being rested following the draw with Liverpool.

“We left Rio behind because we didn’t feel we’d use him,” Ferguson said. “Everyone is fit and obviously the City game is an exciting prospect.

“I think City are doing fantastically well. If they hadn’t thrown away a two-goal lead at Fulham they’d have a 100 per cent record. It could be quite a game on Sunday and I’m looking forward to it.”

 

In recent years, the Manchester derbies, particularly at Old Trafford, have tended to produce barnstorming affairs, with Wayne Rooney's overhead kick leaving United victorious last year, while the season before saw Michael Owen score late on at the climax of a 4-3 thriller, and Ferguson expects a similar affair come Sunday.

"The 0-0 at City was a damp squib and nothing happened in that match, but it's not normal for these games," Ferguson added.

"Usually, they're full of incident and we've had two or three quite exceptional games against City, particularly in the cup ties.

"Sometimes derbies are disappointing. Last Saturday against Liverpool, for an hour-and-a-quarter, nothing happened, but once a goal was scored it was a great game.

"Goals change the complexion of a match and you can get a reaction when a team goes behind. It could happen on Sunday, but who knows?"

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