Sir Alex Ferguson to draw on Manchester United’s experience ahead of derby test at the Etihad

By Paddy von Behr

Sir Alex Ferguson will rely on experience in this weekend’s Manchester derby, as Manchester United look to end their rivals’ unbeaten home run.

Manchester City have not lost at home in the league in two years and completed a double over United last season.

But Ferguson, whose side sit three points clear of City at the top of the table, has a plan for when the teams meet at the Etihad Stadium.

“I’ll maybe go for experience on Sunday because it’s been well documented that City don’t lose games at home,” he said.

“They’re unbeaten in two years which is fantastic but hopefully we can get a solution as to how to operate in the game.”

Nani and Antonio Valencia will miss the game through injury, leaving Ferguson with the dilemma of who to pick in the wide positions.

He admitted he should have picked Danny Welbeck for last season’s derby and the Longsight-born striker could step into a starting role.

“Welbeck can play wide and is a definite option for me,” added the manager.

“I think there was a caution to it in the sense I should have played Welbeck, without doubt.

“But Ji-sung Park was important with the player’s record of playing in big games.

“I always played him in these big games and he’d always been brilliant but he never quite found the role in that particular match to suit him.”

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