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Man Utd boss Ferguson to stick with De Laet

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says Ritchie de Laet is set for an extended first team run.

After victory over Wolves, skipper Nemanja Vidic picked up a calf strain that is almost certain to rule him out of Saturday's trip to Fulham.

Wes Brown also faces a two-week lay-off, which would be enough to rule him out of the entire festive programme, after suffering a hamstring injury against Aston Villa on Saturday.

It means Michael Carrick will be forced to continue in central defence at Craven Cottage, probably alongside 21-year-old Belgian De Laet.

"Ritchie showed some promise and he will probably be there on Saturday," said Ferguson. "We just have to get on with it."

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