Valencia v Manchester United preview

Rio Ferdinand is set to partner Nemanja Vidic in central defence

for the first time this season as United look to get their European

campaign back on track in Spain. Ferdinand’s two appearances since

recovering from the knee injury that wrecked his World Cup have

both been when Vidic has been rested. But after watching his side

concede nine goals in their past five Premier League games, Sir

Alex Ferguson could not have chosen a better time to get his

first-choice pairing back together. Wayne Rooney (ankle) and Ryan

Giggs (hamstring) are injured and Paul Scholes is rested. United

(from): Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Amos, Rafael, O’Shea, Brown,

Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Smalling, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Anderson,

Carrick, Gibson, Park, Bebe, Berbatov, Owen, Hernandez, Macheda.