Nemanja Vidic has quickly become a cult hero among United supporters not only for his classy yet no-nonsense style of defending, but also for the threat he poses in the opposition box.
Thigh injuries have ruled Owen Hargreaves and Gary Neville out of Sunday's clash with Chelsea at Old Trafford.
The pair have both trained this week, but Sir Alex Ferguson expects them to return either side of next Wednesday's Carling Cup tie with Coventry City.
Owen Hargreaves hopes to be fit for Manchester United's big match against Chelsea on Sunday.
"[The injury] is okay," Hargreaves said of his thigh strain. "I have never really had this injury before so this is new territory."
The Irish FA has revealed that Manchester United defender Jonny Evans was the player fined along with Keith Gillespie for misbehaviour after the Euro 2008 qualifier in Iceland.
Gillespie was fined a larger sum for fighting on an aeroplane as the team boarded their flight to London.
Evans was not punished in relation to that incident but for drinking after the defeat in Reykjavik.
Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo admitted it was a special night after hitting the winner at former club Sporting Lisbon.
"It's a perfect night for me. I scored and the team won. So it's been a great night for me and United," he told Sky Sports at the final whistle.
Manchester United winger Nani admitted it was a "special feeling" as he helped defeat his old team Sporting Lisbon 1-0 last night.
"It is a very special feeling, it was here that I played great games and I developed. It was very good to come back and see this stadium full, with two teams who play good football," said Nani.
Manchester United's Brazilian-t attacker Anderson has spoken about getting booed at their match against his old rivals Sporting.
The former Porto star was booed by Sporting fans and said: "It happens at every club, it's normal in football. It went for two or three minutes and later it died down."
Sir Alex Ferguson was also able to look back with satisfaction on a 70-minute appearance by Wayne Rooney.
The England striker has not played since breaking his foot on the opening day of the season but now seems certain to figure against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.
"It was difficult for Wayne, having to play up front on his own," he said.
Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded that he was reliant on two outstanding saves from Edwin van der Sar from Leidson and Tonel to ensure only a third triumph in 15 Champions League away games.
"Edwin has been with us for three seasons now and when I bought him I thought he was going to be one of my best buys," said Ferguson.
SIR Alex Ferguson is confident Cristiano Ronaldo will go on to have the best years of his life at Manchester United.
The brilliant winger returned to haunt his old club Sporting Lisbon last night, netting the only goal as United began their latest Champions League quest in the best manner possible.