Defensive duo’s return boosts United

Sir Alex Ferguson has not had his first-choice central defensive

partnership available since October – but with Ferdinand now clear

of suspension and Vidic over the nerve problem that has prevented

him making an appearance in 2010, both men are expected to start

against the Hammers. With the Carling Cup final on Sunday, Ferguson

might have been tempted to rest Wayne Rooney but that hardly seems

likely in the wake of Saturday’s defeat at Everton which left the

Red Devils four points adrift of Chelsea. Nani is still suspended.

United (from): Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Foster, Neville, Brown,

Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Fabio, Park, Anderson,

Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Fletcher, Gibson, Rooney, Owen,

Berbatov, Diouf.