United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will have Ferdinand available for the first time this season after the defender made a quicker than expected recovery from the knee injury he suffered on the first day of World Cup training in South Africa.
"Rio Ferdinand could have played for the reserves against Stockport last night," said Ferguson.
"He wanted to play but his training performances are so good I didn't see any point.
"He is in the squad. With three games this week, it is good that he is back in the fold."