Brown fit for Birmingham opener

Wes Brown is expected to start for Manchester United when the champions begin their title defence at home to Birmingham on Sunday (1.30pm).

Last Updated: 14/08/09 at 19:21

Brown: Has recovered from thigh injury

Brown: Has recovered from thigh injury

Brown has recovered from a thigh injury he picked up in pre-season so, with Jonny Evans (ankle) likely to join Nemanja Vidic (calf) and Gary Neville (groin) on the sidelines, the England defender should play in central defence alongside Rio Ferdinand.

Ben Foster is fit and seems certain to pip Tomasz Kuszczak for the goalkeeping slot as United begin life without Cristiano Ronaldo.

Antonio Valencia and Michael Owen could make their debuts, while Nani should also feature despite picking up a serious looking shoulder injury while on international duty in midweek.

United (from): Foster, Kuszczak, O'Shea, De Laet, Ferdinand, Brown, Evans, Evra, Fabio, Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs, Park, Tosic, Valencia, Owen, Rooney, Berbatov, Macheda.

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Premier League Fixtures

Wednesday, 16 April 2014
19:45
Everton v C Palace
Man City v Sunderland
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham  
15:00
A Villa v Southampton  
Cardiff v Stoke City  
Newcastle v Swansea  
West Ham v C Palace  
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland  
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool  
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 32 54 70
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 33 22 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 West Ham 34 -9 37
12 C Palace 33 -15 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 32 -25 25

Updated Tue, 15 Apr 2014

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