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Ferguson plans to rotate United squad

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson intends to heavily rotate his squad during a crucial week for the club.

Ferguson’s men face Champions League-chasing Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday before a Champions League last-16 clash against Real Madrid.

And the Scot says he must place his full trust in his players in order to ensure he has fresh legs in both games.

“It will be different teams,” the 71-year-old told reporters. “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 also lamented the fact that preparations have been disrupted by midweek international friendlies.

“There is not a domestic manager who can agree to friendly internationals at this time of year,” he said.

But Ferguson said the confidence boost provided by England’s 2-1 win over Brazil could help two members of his squad.

“I was happy for Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling to play full games at Wembley because they have not had a lot of football anyway,” he said.

Sat 9 Feb, 2013
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