Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United, Sat 6 Mar 2010

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Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is set to name an unchanged starting line-up for clash with Manchester United at Molineux.

McCarthy is poised to retain the team that has started the last three games.

Striker Andy Keogh retains his place in the squad after suffering no reaction to his comeback from ankle surgery when he made his return as a substitute at Bolton last weekend.

Keogh is again likely to be on the bench as Wolves seek only their second win in 10 league games.

Winger Michael Kightly and midfielder Dave Edwards are still sidelined.

Kightly, who had ankle surgery in November, now has knee problems while Edwards is continuing his rehabilitation following an ankle operation in December.

Wolves could do with pulling off a shock victory against United as they are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

McCarthy, who has seen his side win just one of their last nine league games to leave then only out of the relegation zone on goal difference, has promised to adopt a bold approach and will certainly not be setting out to try and frustrate United.

He added: "We will be going for it to try and win the game.

"Do United have one banana skin in a season? It may well be here.

"The fans don't come to see us lose whoever we play against. Only recently we drew with Liverpool, beat Tottenham and played very well against Chelsea when we should have got something from the game.

"We are capable of getting a result and we are looking forward to it.

"It is a daunting task with the position that we are in but we wanted to be in with the big boys and it is a big, exciting game for us.

"It is a big ask playing against Manchester United at any time but I feel we are in good shape and have been playing well.

"Anything we get out of this game we will have to work hard for.

"But we have to believe we can get something. We won't be negative.

"If we can keep playing as we have been then we will have more than enough chances of staying in this league."

Rio Ferdinand returns to the Manchester United starting line-up.

Ferdinand has missed two games, plus England's midweek win over Egypt, with a back injury.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed the move was only precautionary and the 31-year-old will return for the Red Devils at Molineux.

A draw would take United top but Ferguson will demand all three points with leaders Chelsea in FA Cup action this week.

Nani is available after suspension but Ryan Giggs (broken arm) will not be available until next weekend. Michael Owen (hamstring) is out, Wayne Rooney (knee) is doubtful.

Although Mick McCarthy controversially made 10 changes to his starting line-up for the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in December, Ferguson expects Wolves to scrap for their lives.

Rafael Benitez may have adopted a rather superior attitude to Blackburn's tactics at Anfield on Sunday, but Ferguson realises anything goes in the bid to avoid relegation.

"If you had a team down at the bottom of the league and they weren't fighting for their lives, the fans would be the first ones to ask questions," said Ferguson.

"The least they expect is for their players to give 100%.

"That is what you are going to get from now until the end of the season when you play these teams. I don't think anything else - and quite rightly so.

"If I was a supporter, director, manager or coach of a team who are battling for their lives and you have one or two players who don't understand what that means, you have a problem.

"Then they would go down, there is no doubt about that."

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