Manchester United Limps into Match Against CFR Cluj

Hayden DeitrickFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 1:  (L-R)  Ryan Giggs, Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand take part in a Manchester United training session at the Carrington Training Ground on October 1, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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When Manchester United plays CFR Cluj in their second group stage game of this season's Champions League Cup, they will do so without three of their most trusted midfielders and most of their defense.

It was recently reported that Michael Carrick has been ruled out for Tuesday's match against CFR Cluj. This wave of injuries seems to center around the central defense, with Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones also out indefinitely.

The midfielder was due to rest after seeing a good amount of minutes as this season began.  However, Mirror Football reports that he was not fit to play.  

Sir Alex Ferguson said, "Michael did not report today. He is in bed with a virus."  

This is bad news in the wake of the other recent injuries and Sir Alex will now be without Carrick, who has filled in at centre-back at times this season.

Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes will also sit out this next game.  Sir Alex confirmed that Giggs also has a virus.  Scholes, having just played the entirety of the clash against Tottenham, will be given rest against the Romanian squad.

What does this mean for Manchester United as they look to build on their first Champion's League victory?

Without this trio of midfielders, United will likely see a midfield consisting of Tom Cleverley and Anderson.  Both found net against Newcastle last week and will look to build on their solid run of form.

Look for a more attack-oriented midfield without Carrick to play back in a holding position.  

As far as defense is concerned, The Guardian reports that Jonny Evans is fit to play Tuesday.  While there was some concern as to his status after being carted off the field against Tottenham, he has travelled with the team to Romania where he will likely get the nod alongside Rio Ferdinand.

Included on the roster is 21-year-old Scott Wootton, who looks to make an impact after an impressive debut against Newcastle last week.

United will be limping into their clash on Tuesday but with the skilled attack up front and either De Gea or Lindegaard in between the sticks, fans must have faith that the Red Devils will pull through.