Double injury boost for United

Sir Alex Ferguson is hopeful Manchester United defenders Chris

Smalling and Phil Jones will return to action within the next

week.

Ferguson has confirmed that he intends to rotate his squad after

the 2-1 victory over Newcastle in round three saw the likes of

youngster Michael Keane, Marnick Vermijl and Scott Wootton given

starts along with new signing Alexander Buttner while Nick Powell

and Ryan Tunnicliffe came off the bench.

Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher were among the senior players

to feature but both were coming back from injury.

Ferguson told MUTV: “Obviously we will make changes for the

Wednesday game.

“The squad that played against Newcastle will be in place

again.

“You don’t want to lose down there and we want to continue in

the cup.

“Any game down there is going to be tough. There has been good

progress there since Roberto di Matteo took the job. They are big

games – and big games are good for us.”