Ferguson dismisses Arsenal 'revenge' talk

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he does not believe revenge will motivate Arsenal as the sides meet for the first time since the 8-2 defeat United inflicted at Old Trafford in August.

The 70-year-old Scot expects a "difficult game", praising Arsenal's defensive stability while conceding that the fixture is not as "combustible" as the encounters of a few years back.

The 12-time Premier League winner believes Thierry Henry is "still a great player" and sees no negatives to his return as his presence will be a boost for Arsenal's younger players.

Ferguson advises that Tom Cleverley is close to a return and hopes that, with the exception of Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Vidic, he could have his whole squad available soon.