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Neither Relegation Candidate Will Sue United

All three north-east clubs rubbished the reports that they will sue United if Fergie puts out an understrength team against Hull City. The reports suggested they would exploit a Premier League rule which states that every participant member must field a full-strength team.

However, it is also a rule in the Champions League, for example, and look at the teams that many clubs field when progress from the group is already assured. Remember Mark Lynch and Danny Pugh? Both played in the Champions League in 2003: the latter featured in the 3-0 win at Juventus while the former scored an own goal at Deportivo. Yet there was no sueing...

Yes, we're gonna play a second-string team but that team is still good enough to get a result at Hull - no disrespect to them of course but the youngsters did quite well against Everton in the FA Cup and the Toffees are a lot stronger than Hull. Also, Fergie wants Rio to play to gain some match fitness before the final and Darren Fletcher will probably feature, too.

And can you really call Federico Macheda a reserve? He was trusted enough to be thrown into the deep water with 30 minutes to go when United were trailing Aston Villa at home in a crucial moment...

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 20 2009

Time: 12:21PM

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I hope Newcastle and Sunderland win,and Hull beat us.Two fingers up to Shearer.Classssssss!!!!
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20/05/2009 12:46:00

Ferguson's job is to look after Man Utd, not Newcastle United. This is sport not social work. If anything, if I were a fan of any of those clubs I'd hope Man Utd play their reserves. Are the likes of Ronaldo and Rooney going to go charging into tackles? Or would they coast and ensure they don't get injured. The reserves will be competing for a place in the final 18 on Wednesday night and will likely be hungrier.
Little Dutch
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20/05/2009 13:33:00

Besides which, didn't Macheda break into the first team squad for the Villa game on the back of a hat trick for the reserves? If he were to bag two goals against Hull the chances are Ferguson might stick him on the bench in Rome.
Little Dutch
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20/05/2009 13:34:00

United don't owe anybody anything, the "random" fixtures always meant that hull would be either facing the full might of a united team hunting down the title, or a team that has nothing left to play for in the final game. I'm sure when united were stuttering the others were happy that the title might go down to the last game, they can't complain now it has gone the other way. Anyway, the geordies don't need luck (or tactics or skill or work rate etc, etc) - they have Alan Shearer!
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20/05/2009 15:16:00

and neither should they sue, it's their own fault for being inept for most of the season!
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20/05/2009 19:15:00


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