Sir Alex Ferguson claims rotation will be the key
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that he will rotate his squad heavily during the season run-in.
Fergie is no stranger to tough ends of campaigns, having led the Old Trafford outfit to countless trophies during his tenure.
He has admitted that he will once again look to use his entire squad to keep everybody fresh for the business end of the campaign:
“In this situation, anything can happen on the run-in. Players can all of a sudden find themselves playing in a final or an important league game because that is the kind of squad I have.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.
“It is very difficult to rotate the squad at the moment. They all wanted to play against Real Madrid and there were a lot of disappointed players.
“That was fantastic. It is a measure of their own confidence in themselves.
“But we had a chat. I said ‘look, don’t think for a minute losing a game for Manchester United is a trivial matter’. It is a serious matter.”
The Scot went on to reveal that he learned the importance of rotation during the 1999 season.
Paul Scholes missed United’s Champions League final appearance of that year after picking up a booking during their last four clash:
“In 1999 I left Paul Scholes out of the quarter-final against Inter yet he was the one who scored the goal that got us through,
“I left him out of the semi-final because I couldn’t risk him and Roy Keane together as they were both on yellow cards. He accepted it graciously, came on, got booked and missed the final anyway.”
United face Real Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, and carry a 1-1 score line into the tie after an impressive display at the Bernabeu.