Moyes confirms United have a double injury boost ahead of Real Sociedad and hails Januzaj

by Sam Peoples

David Moyes has confirmed that Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley are both in contention to play against Real Sociedad tomorrow after taking part in training this week.

The return to fitness of Cleverley in particular is a real boost to Manchester United because when he has played this season, we have been able to keep possession far easier and it has really helped us in Europe.

Speaking to MUTV ahead of Real Sociedad tomorrow, here are the main points from Moyes’ press conference.

On Southampton…

“I think we want to improve our performance. We gave the ball away too much and have to do better in possession.”

On injuries…

“Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand have knocks. Danny Welbeck got injured against Southampton and Tom Cleverley isn’t far away but both could play tomorrow.”

On Adnan Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj is now available. He is an exciting young player and is making good progress and is someone who will play a big part in the future of Manchester United. He is an exceptional talent.”

On whether Rooney will be affected by Ferguson’s book…

“None. I think Wayne is completely focused on his football and he has been all season. He is in good form. I’ve got no problems with him and think he will continue to look after himself well.”

On Ferguson’s book…

“Alex Ferguson can do what he wishes. He is his own man. Everybody would love to hear what he has to say and he has great knowledge so people will enjoy reading it.

“No. I didn’t get an advanced copy and I’m sure when the time arises I will read it.”

 On United’s form…

“We’ve had periods of good play but not continually. We’re working on it in training and that is the way we work. There have been moments of play that have been excellent.”

 On the Champions League…

“It could have gone better in Shakhtar but we will continue to try and progress. We know it is important to win the home games and will try and do that against Sociedad.

“Sociedad come here into the Champions League because they finished in the top four in Spain, so we have great respect for them. We know it will be a hard game.”

On Evra’s comments…

“I think it has been misinterpreted. I know that here in Manchester we all love Patrice Evra. He has been fantastic in the dressing room since I have been here and have nothing but good things to say about him.”

If United get three points tomorrow, it will leave us in a really strong position in the group on seven points with three games remaining and it will take the pressure off Moyes in Europe and allow him to focus on the Premier League.

Especially after our recent results, a victory tomorrow will be the perfect tonic to lessen the pressure that is mounting on the team.

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