Man Utd news – Davies makes Cleverley apology, Jones eyes UEFA debut, Ferdinand rested

Davies makes Cleverley apology.

Tom Cleverley has been contacted by Kevin Davies, as the Bolton captain sought to remove any hard feelings surrounding his tackle which has left the United midfielder facing a month on the sidelines, reports the Telegraph.

Initial fears were that Cleverley could be set for a 2-3 month lay-off with a broken foot as a result of being caught by the sliding Davies, but these have since been eased, which an apologetic Davies is very relieved about.

“I didn’t realize after the game (that Cleverley’s foot may have been broken) so I put a call in to him and he was fine. I am pleased there is no serious damage for him,” said Davies. Nevertheless Cleverley will miss out on the opportunity to participate in various Premier League and Champions League games, with his unavailability for England’s final Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro next month also almost a certainty.

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Jones eyes UEFA debut.

A trip to Lisbon to face Benfica tomorrow night marks the beginning of Manchester United’s 2011-2012 Champions League campaign, which Phil Jones is determined to be a major part of, as revealed by the Manchester Evening News.

Sir Alex Ferguson has indicated that he is tempted to rely upon personnel with proven experience of playing in the Champions League in this season’s curtain-raiser. However there is a strong possibility of Fergie including Jones alongside a clutch of the elder statesmen in his squad, as a result of the flawless form the young defender has displayed since joining United in the summer. Ultimately Jones is desperate for this to be realised.

“The main reason I came to Manchester United was to test my abilities against the best players in the world. The Champions League is a great competition for me to do that.

“Hopefully, if I get selected, I will prove that I can do that. I probably didn’t expect to be playing so much so soon. But when you get your chance you have to take it. Hopefully, I have shown the manager that I can take it,” declared Jones.

Ferdinand rested.

Rio Ferdinand will not be involved in Manchester United’s opening Champions League Group C encounter against Benfica tomorrow night, having been left out of the Red Devils 19-man squad named by Sir Alex Ferguson for the game, has revealed.

Returning to first team action on Saturday following a month out with a hamstring injury, Ferdinand efficiently marshalled the United defence in their 5-0 victory over Bolton. However his omission from the playing party travelling to Portugal is believed to represent a precautionary measure taken by Ferguson to preserve the defender’s condition, which has been somewhat fragile over recent times, for when United host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

The absence of both Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, unavailable due to a calf injury, is likely to see Phil Jones reinstated in the centre of defence alongside Johnny Evans for the game against Benfica, following his fulfilment of the right back role against Bolton.

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