"With Scholes, for the last few weeks I have been resting him, looking to freshen him up a bit.
some games. But I think it could be a key moment for us if we could get to that stage."
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Smalling, sidelined this term by a broken metatarsal, was included in United's travelling party for the game at the Estadio AXA having stepped up his rehabilitation in training and Ferguson revealed that he is intending for the England international to be involved.
Braga are currently third in Group H on three points, while second placed Cluj are on four and rock bottom Galatasaray on one.
Ferguson's options have been boosted by the return to fitness of Chris Smalling, who the manager has indicated is set to make his first appearance of the season in tomorrow night's contest.
rounds, depending on the outcome of the other Group H clash between Cluj and Galatasaray.
"I'm just taking care of an old man, that's all!"
"They can only help us with that those two are outstanding young defenders and it will give us a fantastic squad to take on all our challenges."
Reaching that point with two group games to spare is something Ferguson would be particularly delighted with, given the opportunity it would provide for him to rotate his squad.
"It is not a big issue for me. I just have to carry on with my job there is no point in eulogising about it or regretting anything.
"Chris Smalling is with the party and will be involved tomorrow.
If the Reds do win, anything other than a Cluj victory would see Ferguson's men qualify as group winners.
"Looking back is never an issue looking forward is the thing, and I'm at the right club, which has the expectation of looking forward and achieving as much as we can. That is the way we are."
"That is really good news because as we know, since the start of the season, we've been operating on the borderline in terms of certain defenders having to play all the time, and also having to play (midfielder) Michael Carrick as a centre back.
And asked atWednesday evening's pre match press conference for his thoughts on reaching 26 years as boss at United who announced this morning they will be unveiling a statue of him at Old Trafford at the end of the month Ferguson said: "It is difficult to keep going Nike Black Long Sleeve on about these things.
Sir Alex Ferguson focused on future after reaching another Manchester United milestone
Also missing the trip to Portugal along with Jones, defender Nemanja Vidic and midfielder Shinji Kagawa (both knee) are central midfield pair Darren Fletcher and Paul Scholes.
"I hope we can get to that stage (qualified with two group games left) because if you look at the squad I have at the moment, it is quite strong and having to keep everyone happy is difficult," Ferguson said.
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Asked about Fletcher and Scholes, who is 38 this month, Ferguson explained: "Fletcher had a little bit of a cold on Sunday and there is no point in taking him travelling with a cold.
update on Smalling and fellow defender Phil Jones, who is also yet to play this campaign due to back and knee problems, Ferguson said: "Phil Jones will start training with us next Monday which is good news he is making really good progress now.
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