Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed defenders Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra will miss the Red Devils’ Champions League clash against Braga.
“I'm not playing Rio tomorrow, I'm making a few changes. I'm leaving out Rio and Patrice Evra,” the Scot told Manchester United’s official website.
The Old Trafford club will be looking to build on their two wins so far in the group stage, as they attempt to eradicate the memory of last season’s embarrassing exit at this stage.
Ferguson insisted dropping Ferdinand had nothing to do with the issue of him refusing to wear a 'Kick it Out' t-shirt before Manchester United’s 4-2 defeat of Stoke City on Saturday, despite the manager claiming he would be in the pre-match press conference.
It appeared there may be a spat brewing at the club when Ferguson claimed Ferdinand’s snub was “embarrassing” for him and Manchester United, by the Scot quickly dismissed any suggestion that there is an issue between the two of them.
Ferguson said Ferdinand was being rested against Braga, as was Evra, with an eye on the top of the table clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
“We have a big game against Chelsea [on Sunday],” he added.
“The issue's simple, I've spoken to Rio. It was a communication issue. He felt I should have spoken to him on Friday and I didn't anticipate that he'd have a problem wearing the shirt.”
Ferguson also claimed winger Ashley Young would feature as he continues his return from injury and Shinji Kagawa will come back into the side after being left out against Stoke.