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Ferguson to reward 'outstanding' Anderson against Hammers

The Manchester United manager will start the midfielder tomorrow night after his match-winning cameo over the weekend.

The Brazilian midfielder.
The Brazilian midfielder.
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MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER Alex Ferguson says Anderson will start against West Ham on Wednesday following a strong display against QPR.

Brazilian Anderson came from the bench on the hour mark and helped the Red Devils come from behind to post a 3-1 victory over the struggling London side on Saturday.

In recognition of the midfielder’s vital contribution, Ferguson revealed that Anderson will be rewarded with a starting spot against Sam Allardyce’s side.

“I thought Ando (Anderson) won the game for us,” Ferguson told MUTV.

I thought his performance was outstanding. He took the game by the scruff of the neck and he was so positive and determined in his play that he picks himself on Wednesday.”

The 70-year-old also revealed that Antonio Valencia will face a late fitness test on a hip injury, whilst Nani is set to miss out with a hamstring problem.

“We’ll see what Antonio is like today and tomorrow. Nani is still going to be out (but) Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were on the bench on Saturday and they’re available,” he said.

“It’s good to have them as back-up and in the back four things are much healthier. We’ve got plenty of options in the midfield and up front – it’s just the two wide positions (where there are problems).”

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