Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Ashley Young will be fit for the Champions League clash with Real Madrid next month. Young picked up a knee injury in the victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford a fortnight ago.

"Ashley is not far away," said Ferguson.

"He has done a bit of training and he is on the road back."

Asked whether he would be fit for the Real Madrid games, Ferguson replied: "I am sure of that."

The Scot also confirmed Jonny Evans would miss the FA Cup tie with Fulham at Old Trafford on Saturday with a hamstring injury.

"It has taken a bit longer than we thought but he has done a bit of training too," said Ferguson.

"But the fact we have Chris Smalling and Phil Jones fit is a big bonus to us."

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