MANCHESTER United have named Darren Fletcher in their squad for the Champions League group stage.The 28-year-old midfielder has fought back from the career-threatening illness that has sidelined him from first-team action since November last year.The Scotland international played two games for United’s reserves recently and manager Sir Alex Ferguson indicated last week he would be included in the club’s Champions League plans.Fletcher, who has been plagued by a chronic bowel condition, was due to train with Scotland this week ahead of their opening World Cup qualifiers.Ferguson said last week: “Darren’s put a lot of weight back on. He’s back to his normal weight from two or three years ago. It’s a case of wait and see.”He added: “But Darren comes into the 25-man squad quite easily, without me having to leave others out, because we have a number of players who we don’t need to register because of the time they’ve spent with us as an academy player. That’s an advantage. “He’s training well every day and played really well the other night for the under-21s.”United’s squad: De Gea, Lindegaard; Rafael, Evra, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Smalling, Vidic, Buttner; Valencia, Anderson, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Young, Scholes, Cleverley, Fletcher, Powell, Kagawa; Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck, Van Persie.
possible standings gameday cracker Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics revealed West Ham could complete the signing of Felipe Anderson from Lazio today, according to reports.Anderson, the Brazil attacker, has been eyed by recently appointed Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini as another new reinforcement, following the signing of Ryan Fredericks from Fulham, who will join the east London club when his Fulham contract expires at the end of the month. REVEALED smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 2 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures crackers targets Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Anderson has played for Lazio since joining the Italian club from Santos in 2013 Primarily an attacking midfield, Anderson can also cover the right wing and centre-forward position, and he’s earned one cap for Brazil, which came in a friendly defeat of Brazil in June 2015. Alternative Premier League table based on expected goals – lucky Spurs? Anderson, 25, has caught the eye for a number of years with some brilliant performances for Lazio. He has scored 34 goals and created a further 42 in 177 appearances for the Rome club, earning links to some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Anderson has emerged as one of the best attacking talents in European football And now, Gianluca Di Marzio report that the deal is so close to completion it could actually be finalised today.It is said Lazio will receive a fee of around £26m (€30m) for Anderson, while there will also be a 20 per cent sell-on clause inserted into the contract.The Serie A club’s sporting director, Igli Tare, will reportedly be in London today to close the deal with West Ham chiefs. 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ANALYSIS Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Latest West Ham news REVEALED The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas