Ferguson: Manchester United Not Disrupted By Intl Break

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has revealed that for once there was no major disruption to his squad over the recent international break, with many of his senior players remaining in England to train with the club.

In the past, the club's Carrington training complex has been almost deserted on international weekends, with almost all of the Red Devils representing their countries at various levels.

However, the presence of so many veterans in the United camp means that there was a healthy contingent who remained with the club in the last week, as Ferguson's men prepare for a trip south to face early Premier League pacesetters Tottenhamm Hotspur on Saturday.

"We've had a good group of players actually train back home while all the internationals have been on. [Rio] Ferdinand, of course, [Paul] Scholes, [Ryan] Giggs and [Gary] Neville, Anderson, and Ji Sung Park's only had one game last week for South Korea on the Saturday… Fabio, Michael Owen.

"So we've a decent squad of players who remained and trained. It's unusual for us to have as many players as that."

Ferdinand is in line for a return to the Red Devils line-up this weekend, after recovering from a thigh injury sustained in the Community Shield against Chelsea.

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