Saturday 20 January 2018

United to escape punishment for missile as FA satisfied with security

"I remember Peter Davenport scoring against us, Norman Whiteside, Mark Robins. It's happened, it's just one of these things in life," Ferguson said, though Andy Cole, Henning Berg and Dwight Yorke had all accomplished the same feat.

United are unlikely to face punishment over a missile-throwing incident in which Craig Bellamy was hit by a coin in the second half; a hurled bottle just missed the striker also. Two suspects were arrested on Wednesday night and the FA is satisfied with security arrangements.

United expect to have Nemanja Vidic back alongside Jonny Evans to face Arsene Wenger's side on Sunday, while the news of Thomas Vermaelen's probable absence will have Wayne Rooney salivating having scored 21 times this season.

"He was up there on his own," team-mate Darren Fletcher said of Rooney's performance.

"I know sometimes it's difficult for him but there's no one you would rather have up there on his own because he does the work for two players. He rattles about and maybe doesn't get on the ball as much as he would like but his work-rate for the team is amazing."

Irish Independent

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