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Robin Van Persie has recovered from the groin problem that forced him out of the Manchester derby. According to David Moyes, the Dutchman will be “involved somewhere” but with Champions league duties in midweek, it remains to be seen whether he’ll be handed a starting berth. The likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck will be pushing for first team recalls after being taken out in midweek.
Nicolas Anelka and Victor Anichebe are both doubts for the trip to United. Shane Long returned in the midweek cup game with Arsenal, though, and could lead the line if Steve Clarke continues with the 4-2-3-1 rolled out against Sunderland last week. Steven Reid is also available and offers competition to Billy Jones for the right-back berth, while Boaz Myhill will continue in goal as Ben Foster remains on the sidelines. James Morrison could continue in the double-pivot alongside Youssouf Mulumbu after getting the nod in last week’s win over the Black Cats.