Ferguson: Anderson has forced himself into Manchester United's starting line-up

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Anderson looks set to be rewarded for his fine performance against QPR on Saturday with a start in Manchester United's mid-week encounter with West Ham.

The Portuguese midfielder has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the past and has struggled to work his way into the first team,

But a fine display against QPR which culminated in an assist for the the final goal of the game has convinced Sir Alex Ferguson to give him the opportunity to show what he can do.

"I thought Ando won the game for us,' the Scot told MUTV

"His performance was outstanding. He took the game by the scruff of the neck and he was so positive and determined in his play that he picks himself on Wednesday."

Manchester United go into the game without Nani, who is still sidelined with a hip injury, while Antonio Valencia is struggling to make the fixture with the Hammers with a hamstring complaint.

"We'll see what Antonio is like today and tomorrow," Sir Alex Ferguson added.

"Nani is still going to be out (but) Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were on the bench on Saturday and they're available.

"It's good to have them as back-up and in the back four things are much healthier.

"We've got plenty of options in the midfield and up front - it's just the two wide positions."

Manchester United moved clear at the top of the Premier League table this weekend thanks the win over QPR, which was helped by Chelsea's stalemate with Manchester City yesterday.

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