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Monday, November 1, 1999 Published at 20:22 GMT


Sport: Football

Man Utd bolster rearguard

Alex Ferguson is also expected to include youngster Mark Wilson

Manchester United coach, Alex Ferguson, will bring back Gary Neville and David May in Tuesday's Champions League clash against Sturm Graz.

The United boss is also expected to include youngster Mark Wilson in midfield with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has recovered from an ankle injury, playing up front.

With United now knowing that finishing top of the group is the key to a favourable seeding in the 5 November draw for the second stage, Ferguson has had to change his plans to rest several key players.

"Now we know about the full extent of the seeding it's become clear that we must win the group, and that means not leaving too many players out," he said.

Group D revolves around what happens in Marseille, where the French club - the only side who can pip United at the top - are at home to Croatia Zagreb, now dispirited and out after sacking manager Ossie Ardiles.

If Marseille win then so must United, who are without suspended duo David Beckham and Paul Scholes.

Wenger: We play to win

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has insisted Tuesday's clash with AIK Solna is more than a workout, despite arriving in Sweden without seven first-team regulars.


[ image: Arsene Wenger:
Arsene Wenger: "We will be going all out for a win"
Neither side can now reach the last 16 of the Champions League. But Wenger said: "We will be going all out for a win because we need to finish with as many points as we can get towards being seeded in Europe in future years."

Skipper Tony Adams, defender Martin Keown and Dutch star Dennis Bergkamp have all been rested.,Thierry Henry, Silvinho and Ray Parlour are injured while Gilles Grimandi is suspended.

Nevertheless, Wenger is still able to field a first-rate side commanding offensive players such as Marc Overmars, Nwankwo Kanu, Davor Suker and Fredrik Ljungberg. He also said he hoped to start Emmanuel Petit alongside Patrick Vieira.

AIK have announced a squad similar to the one that was trounced 5-0 by Barcelona last week.

Central defender Michael Brundin, 34, who is retiring after having played AIK's all matches this season, will not play.

I suffer from lumbago and can hardly walk. There is no way I can play Tuesday. I am lucky if I can make it to Solna stadium to watch the game," Brundin said.



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