Jones not ready for Cottagers
Defender Phil Jones is back in training but will not be ready for Manchester United's home clash with Fulham on Saturday.
Red Devils' chief Sir Alex Ferguson is looking for his players to bounce back from Monday night's opening 1-0 defeat at Everton, but is poised to name virtually the same squad for the Old Trafford showdown against the Cottagers.
Ferguson has been hit by a clutch of injuries to key defensive players with Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans all sidelined, while Jones is still not quite ready to return from a back injury despite returning to the training field.
The one addition Ferguson could make to his defence is recent signing Alexander Buttner. The Dutchman can operate at left-back and that would see Patrice Evra move into central defence alongside skipper Nemanja Vidic ahead of Michael Carrick.
Robin van Persie came off the bench at Goodison Park to make his debut, but there is a strong possibility that he will start the game this weekend with Danny Welbeck the most likely to drop out of the starting XI.
Ferguson told his Friday morning press conference: "Phil Jones started training yesterday but tomorrow is too soon for him. Robin has had a few days training since Monday. It's a home game and there's every chance he could get a start.
"It's pretty much the same as Monday night injury-wise. Alex will be involved tomorrow because he gives that back-up. Evra could actually play centre-back. He has done in the past. But I don't think Alex will start tomorrow, I think he'll be on the bench."
Fulham started their campaign with a 5-0 win against Norwich last Saturday and Ferguson is not expecting an easy afternoon.
"I went to see Fulham last Saturday and they played very well," he added. "They have a lot of experience in their team with six players over 30. We're at home and we need to make an impact quickly after Monday's game."