Last updated : 02 August 2004 By Editor


"The thing uppermost in my mind is how van Nistelrooy, Saha, Fletcher and Fortune are.

"If they have trained at the right levels then they will play.

"I am quite sure about van Nistelrooy and Saha for tomorrow and Thursday.

"Fletcher may play on Thursday as well as Quinton Fortune.

"Alan Smith is new to the club. He has been 10 days away with the team and shown the type of player he is, the qualities he has got.

"So that is a bonus for us. I think most people who have seen our games in America would recognise we have a fine talent there.

"He plays with great heart and never stops moving. He is a busy centre forward and I think he will do well.

"The more he plays with the other players the more understanding he will get."