Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stated his intentions to rotate his squad ahead of crucial fixtures in the Premier League and Champions League. Ferguson wants to maintain a strong effort on three fronts (Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League) and feels squad rotation will preserve the freshness of his players.
United are heading into an important week in their campaigns to win back the league title and advance into the quarterfinals of the Champions League. With nearest rivals Manchester City slipping up yet again with a loss to Southampton on Saturday, United's match against Everton on Sunday will be vital to their title ambitions. Should United win the game, they will move 12 points ahead and quite possibly end City's title hopes. Closely following United's crunch match against Everton, the Red Devils will take on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday in the Champions League second round first leg.
Ferguson believes the best chance United have of positive results over the next few days is a rotation policy that will see his players stay fresh and hungry for success.
"It will be different teams," Ferguson said. "The team on Sunday will not be the same as the team that plays on Wednesday. I trust the squad of players I have. They are all internationals, they are all good players and there is no reason why I can't play them. They're all contributing in their own way and that gives us a better chance of dealing with the various competitions we're in."
Ferguson was fortunate to not have any players who went away on international duty this week injured when they returned. Although the international schedule is a sensitive point with club managers, Ferguson was happy to see Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling get playing time for their country. Ferguson also praised Roy Hodgson for being fair to the club managers and how much their players featured in the England game.
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