Sir Alex Ferguson reveals Wayne Rooney is fit for Manchester United’s clash with Newcastle

The England striker is set to feature at Old Trafford on Saturday despite missing the midweek Champions League draw with Benfica, whilst Vidic is also back from suspension

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Wayne Rooney is set to feature for Manchester United against Newcastle this weekend, despite sitting out their midweek Champions League draw with Benfica on Tuesday through injury.

The Red Devils are currently second in the Premier League table and five points behind leaders Manchester City, who defeated Alan Pardew's side 3-1 last weekend to end the Magpies' unbeaten run.

Rooney was revealed to be a doubt earlier this week for the match at Old Trafford, but the 69-year-old coach has now confirmed the former Everton man is likely to start in Saturday's clash.

Ferguson told reporters: “I think Wayne Rooney should be okay for tomorrow, he trained yesterday so hopefully he'll be okay.

“We've got [Nemanja] Vidic back after suspension, of course. [Chris] Smalling is fit again, which is also a boost, and Rafael's back as well. So the defensive part is okay. Michael Owen's also still injured, of course. 

“It's in the midfield area where we've still got issues, with Tom Cleverley and Anderson. So that's two midfield players who are going to be missing for a spell now.”