Van Persie back for Shakhtar clash

Robin Van Persie is set to return to the Manchester United starting line-up for this evening’s Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Donbass Arena.

David Moyes men can tighten their grip on top spot in the group with three points, having won their opener against Bayer Leverkusen a fortnight ago.

Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra are all set to return to the starting line-up, though Anderson, Fabio, Wilfred Zaha and Rio Ferdinand are all out injured.

Elsewhere, former manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich approached him regarding the manager’s position at Stamford Bridge when he arrived at the club in 2004, the Telegraph understands.

Ferguson, who called time on his tenure with the club back in May, has also said that the club ‘are in good hands’ with David Moyes, after bookmakers shortened the odds of the 71 year old making a return to the Old Trafford dug-out following a stuttering league start by his replacement.

Finally, United have turned down a loan-approach for Wilfred Zaha by Championship side Nottingham Forest, according to the Mirror.

The winger’s only appearance for the club so far came in the Community Shield victory over Wigan Athletic in August.