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The manager is forecasting a good reception for Sunderland's former Reds when they return to Old Trafford on Saturday.
Unfortunately, injury has robbed John O'Shea of the chance to share in the acclaim but manager Steve Bruce, Wes Brown, Kieran Richardson and Phil Bardsley are all expected to be involved. The summer deal to sell O'Shea and Brown to the Black Cats was approved by Sir Alex, who will be guaranteed a rousing welcome himself on the eve of the 25th anniversary of his appointment.
"We've had so many ex-players at Sunderland over the last few years, it's been quite interesting," he revealed. "We had Jonny Evans up there, we had Danny Welbeck up there on loan, Phil Bardsley, Kieran Richardson and now Wes and John have joined Brucey.
"It's quite a connection. And of course they'll get a good reception at Old Trafford. In Wes Brown and John O'Shea, you couldn't have asked for two more loyal players at United in my time. They were fantastic characters too. It was one of these difficult situations when you're starting to make changes and bring in young players, like Chris Smalling last season and then Phil Jones this summer."The last thing you want to do is have players like Wes and John continually just sitting and watching the games. They're better than that and they deserve to have good careers elsewhere."