Several sources are suggesting Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will use two completely different teams over the Easter weekend.
If Fergie had been left to sort out the Easter fixtures schedule then he would not have stuck two Manchester United games within 48 hours of each other.
Unfortunately for United, they couldn’t get a win against Chelsea in the first match of their FA Cup tie, so that’s just the way it is and it increases the pressure across both clubs.
Ferguson is reportedly considering using the full extent of his squad at United to ensure that any player playing in either the Premier League match against Sunderland or the FA Cup replay against Chelsea is as fresh as possible.
In effect he could use two different teams for each game, which is a big risk because of how important success and silverware is to United this season.
Ferguson knows the importance of securing the Premier League title back from Manchester City so expect to see the stronger of the United teams appearing against Sunderland.
United cannot afford any slip ups in the title race, despite their massive lead, because the time for changes will come when the title is in the bag and City have been put back in their place for at least one season.
There will have to be changes for the Premier League game because of the international break and the fact that key United players appeared for England in the game against Montenegro.
The FA Cup tie against Chelsea is a little bit more of a lottery. There will still be a solid United team playing in that match but there could be some names that many United fans won’t expect.
It’s all a case of prioritising and deciding which competition or which piece of silverware is more important to the club this season, and going forward.
We’re just speculating and it could well be the opposite because of that short gap from the England game and the fact United’s Premier League lead is so big they can afford a couple of risks.
However, if you go out on the street and ask any United fan which trophy they would rather win then the majority, including the manager, would hands down say the Premier League over the FA Cup.
Fortunately for the club, they have a gaffer who is old and wise enough to know how to not risk the club’s chances in either competition and it will be interesting to see how they go into both games.
United fans, which would you rather win?
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