Sir Alex: It will be a tough game

Ferguson said this on his press conference on Friday: “It will be a hard game on Sunday. It always is.

“Liverpool are a very determined and organised team, and we will have to work hard to break them down.

“But I think we’ve got the players to do that. We’re in good form and there is plenty of confidence within the squad, I’m happy with that side of things.”

On Gabriel Heinze’s revoery Sir Alex said: “Gaby began full training on Wednesday, along with Mikael Silvestre [who has also been sidelined with a broken foot]. Sunday’s game is too early for Mikael, but Gaby is a possibility.

“There’s a few colds about the place, which you expect at this time of year, but hopefully everyone will be OK.”