• Champions League

Man Utd leave key trio at home

ESPN staff
October 1, 2012
Paul Scholes has enjoyed a fine start to the season © Getty Images

Sir Alex Ferguson has opted to rest the experienced trio of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick for Manchester United's Champions League visit to Romanian champions Cluj.

The three midfielders have not travelled with their team-mates for Tuesday's match as United look to build on their 1-0 win against Galatasaray on their first European outing of the season and avoid a second successive group-stage exit.

While Giggs, Scholes and Carrick are staying at home, Jonny Evans, who suffered a dead leg in added time of Saturday's 3-2 defeat to Tottenham, has recovered and is in the 21-man party, while Darren Fletcher, who made his first start for 10 months against Newcastle last week, could be in line to begin a second game.

With Carrick absent, the only cover for centre-backs Evans and Rio Ferdinand comes from youngsters Scott Wootton and Michael Keane, who both made their first United starts in last Wednesday's Capital One Cup victory over Newcastle.

Nemanja Vidic, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are all injured while wingers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are also absent.

The United party includes five more inexperienced players in goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and midfielder Jesse Lingard, who are yet to make their debuts, the versatile Ryan Tunnicliffe, who has appeared once, and summer signings Nick Powell and Alexander Buttner.

Squad: De Gea, Lindegaard; Buttner, Evans, Evra, Ferdinand, M. Keane, Rafael, Wootton; Anderson, Cleverley, Fletcher, Lingard, Nani, Powell, Tunnicliffe; Hernandez, Kagawa, Rooney, van Persie, Welbeck.

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