Man United v Everton preview

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will check the fitness of Dimitar

Berbatov before deciding whether to include the Bulgarian in his

plans. Berbatov missed Tuesday’s goalless draw at Newcastle with a

minor groin strain and with the Champions League semi-final first

leg clash with Schalke looming, with Ferguson will not want to take

any chances even though United are looking to avoid failing to

score in three successive games for the first time since 2007. Paul

Scholes serves the second game of a three-match ban and Darren

Fletcher (virus) is still out but full-back Rafael (hamstring)

returns. Key pair Mikel Arteta and Tim Cahill could return for the

Toffees. Arteta has missed four games with a hamstring injury while

Cahill has been troubled by a foot problem for the past month.

Midfielder John Heitinga is doubtful after hobbling out of last

week’s win over Blackburn with a hamstring injury. Jack Rodwell and

Seamus Coleman are both pushing to start after substitute

appearances last week but Louis Saha and Marouane Fellaini are

long-term absentees. United (from): Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Rafael,

O’Shea, Brown, Ferdinand, Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Fabio,

Valencia, Gibson, Anderson, Park, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Rooney,

Berbatov, Hernandez, Owen. Everton (from): Howard, Hibbert,

Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Osman, Rodwell, Neville,

Bilyaletdinov, Beckford, Arteta, Cahill, Gueye, Anichebe, Mustafi,

Baxter, Vellios, Forshaw, McAleny, Nsiala, Mucha.