Athletic Bilbao v Man Utd team news

Updated: March 15, 2012

Team news ahead of the Europa league clash between Athletic Bilbao and Manchester United, kick off 6.00pm

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Rio Ferdinand will feature against Bilbao after he missed the 3-2 first leg home defeat.

Chris Smalling is continuing to recover following a head wound sustained in the first leg and is set to be on the bench while Phil Jones didn’t travelling after coming down with flu while midfielder Anderson is also out are suffering a fresh hamstring injury.

Speaking ahead of the game, Ferguson felt that progress to the next round was not impossible despite last week’s set back telling the club’s official website “”It’s a difficult tie for us”.

“Bilbao have a tremendous advantage after winning at Old Trafford. It’s a challenge but not one that is beyond us.

“Our record away from home helps us – we’ve done very well. We’re going to need a good performance.”

The last time United played Bilbao away was in 1957, when a Matt Busby managed side lost 5-3. On that occasion a 3-0 win in Manchester saw them through however without such comforts this time round if they are progress they will need a big performance.

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