Injuries mount up for Fergie

21 January 2009 09:32
Manchester United's safe passage to the Carling Cup final came at the expense of injuries to several players, including Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville. The Red Devils beat Derby County 4-2 at Old Trafford to complete a 4-3 aggregate semi-final success, but boss Sir Alex Ferguson was left surveying a crowded treatment room. Giggs and Neville were joined by Nani, Rafael (hamstring) and Jonny Evans and Anderson, who both sustained ankle injuries. Ferguson admitted: "There are probably six or seven of them who have picked up injuries. It was been a bad night in that respect. "We finished with ten men, but it was effectively nine because Jonny was in great discomfort. We will just have to see what happens now." Meanwhile, Ferguson confirmed that he will stick with his policy of fielding some of his younger players in the Wembley showpiece at the beginning of March. He added: "The club have done well in semi-finals over the years and once again the players have done us proud. "Wembley's a special place. I think our record of going to finals there is terrific. Just being there is always a great experience, but you obviously want to win the final, because that's really the only way to enjoy it. "Finals are always hard to get to. The young lads have done fantastic to be there and they will play in the final, absolutely."

Source: ESA