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Ferguson confident ahead of Manchester derby

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 December, 2012, 3:04am

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson insists he has no worries about going into Sunday's Manchester derby on the back of a defeat.

United were beaten for the second successive time in Europe when they slipped to a 1-0 home defeat to Romanian vistors Cluj.

Ferguson's side had progressed to the knockout phase after four matches and he was able to make 10 changes to the team who won 4-3 at Reading last weekend.

England striker Wayne Rooney, who is continuing to work his way back to full fitness after a spell on the sidelines at the start of the season with a gash to his leg, was the only player to start both matches.

United have the chance to move six points clear of City when they head to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Ferguson was adamant there were good signs despite seeing them beaten for the first time at home in the Champions League in more than three years.

He said: "We've given young players game time and other players that needed games more game time.

"The more game time that [Phil] Jones and [Chris] Smalling get only helps us and Wayne Rooney has got another 90 minutes behind him.

"He is close to full fitness and hopefully he will be approaching top form come Sunday and Sunday will be a different kettle of fish altogether."

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