Good News For Boro As They Head To Old Trafford!

Last updated : 28 December 2008 By Boro Mad
The England defender suffered a back spasm before the side claimed a narrow victory at Stoke.

Patrice Evra is again ruled out through suspension while Dimitar Berbatov is pushing for a recall to the team after making an impact when he stepped off the bench yesterday.

MAN UTD (from): Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Amos, Neville, Vidic, O'Shea, Evans, Rafael, Ronaldo, Anderson, Giggs, Park, Carrick, Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Gibson, Berbatov, Rooney, Tevez, Welbeck.

Defender David Wheater is set to return to the Middlesbrough starting line-up after sitting through his side's Boxing Day defeat to Everton on the bench.

Gareth Southgate has a number of other options and may also choose to give Brazilian striker Afonso Alves a start after his forward line's laboured display against the Toffees.

But the game will definitely come too soon for French midfielder Didier Digard who failed a test on his groin injury prior to the Everton game and has now been ruled out until the new year.

BORO (from): Turnbull, Jones, McMahon, Taylor, Grounds, Pogatetz, Huth, Wheater, Bates, Hines, Williams, Arca, Walker, Downing, Johnson, O'Neil, Aliadiere, Tuncay, Alves, Mido, Emnes.