BAD news for Blackpool fans – Sir Alex Ferguson has vowed to do the Seasiders no favours on the final day.
With the Premier League title in the bag and a Champions League final against Barcelona the following weekend, there has been talk that a Manchester United reserve team may face Ian Holloway’s men on Sunday.
That would be good news for Pool, who would rather not be facing the likes of Rooney, Hernandez and Ferdinand.
But with the battle for survival so tight – one point separates the five clubs under threat – Ferguson says he won’t be taking it easy on the Tangerines.
The Manchester United boss said: “This gives us the opportunity to look at how we can rest players and see who needs to be kept going ahead of the Champions League final.
“A weakness last time we played in the final was when we played the reserve team against Hull City (United beat Hull 1-0 in May 2009 but lost 2-0 to Barcelona three days later).
“We have a responsibility to make sure we are fair to all clubs who are struggling against relegation. Manchester United, as always, will try to win next Sunday, there is no doubt about that.”
It is reported today that Manchester United would be fined if they fielded a weakened team and lost to Blackpool on Sunday.
Pool fans will be hoping Ferguson again picks Tomasz Kuszczak in goal. The keeper had a torrid time at Blackburn on Saturday but could keep his place if Edwin van der Sar is kept fresh for the Wembley showdown with Barcelona.
Van der Sar, however, wants to play a last match at Old Trafford before retirement and says it will be a special moment when the Premier League trophy is handed over at the end of Sunday’s clash.
“It feels different if you don’t play,” said the 40-year-old. “To get the trophy in front of 75,000 fans at Old Trafford will be an amazing feeling.”
Sky TV has confirmed the 4pm kick-off at Manchester United will be screened live.