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A Fine Threat?

With the 19th Premier League title done and dusted, all thoughts are on May 28th and the Champions League Final with Barcelona.

But, unfortunately, there`s the small matter of our final Premier League fixture this Sunday.

Whilst it has all the prospects of being a memorable day, it would be a day made easier if our opposition were another team that had nothing to play for.

Instead we face Blackpool, a side that needs a result to stave off the threat of relegation.

With United being unbeaten at home all season, and having only dropped points at Old Trafford once (against West Bromwich Albion), it is a difficult task that Ian Holloway and his men face.

Nevertheless, we`d imagine that Holloway might have a little smile on his face when he contemplates that, with the Champions League Final little more than a week away, Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to shuffle his pack possibly resting key players.

But, if that is the case, we`re reliably informed that United may face a fine from the Premier League, especially if United lose. Now that, in the real world, may be a small price to pay, especially if it contributes towards a Champions League Final victory.

But, if we were to lose to Blackpool and Ian Holloway`s side were to stay up, I`d imagine that we`d be struck off the Christmas card list of the side that does slip into the Championship, whether it be Wolves, Wigan or Birmingham.

However, playing devils advocate, wouldn`t it be a scream if it were Wolves and Mick McCarthy who fell through the trap door especially so when you consider they once turned up at Old Trafford with what could be loosely termed a reserve team!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 17 2011

Time: 4:30PM

Your Comments

Take the fine with both hands, who cares? It's a ridiculous rule anyway, to decide who's a teams strongest side and kind of detracts from the point of picking from a squad of 25 when you're expected to play the strongest 11 week in, week out.
Also, imagine Blackpool, Westham and Wigan all get relegated. A team can swoop in and pick up Adam, Parker and N'Zogbia for what, 10-15 mil? I personally would take all 3 of them and place 'em into our squad. Good squad players and all with a hunger to win and passion for the game. Bolster the midfield and provide ourselves with another left footed left winger.
I actually think its a great comments positive or negative about the referee...what can be fairer than that ? more of SAFs mind games ???? lol the referee should have no pressure on him from before the game and during it . Simple as.. Anyone that thinks otherwise simply wants unfair advantage just as SAF has tried to get during his whole career
Plus , in reference to the strongest team rule....isnt that what the game should be about ?
The game is no longer a game, it is a business. Playing a weak side for one game where the impact of the result has no bearings on yourself to give yourself a massive advantage and boost in a more important beneficial game makes business sense and heck, even footballing sense. The FA can't tell a team who's their strongest side nor can they deem a side which is within the preliminary 25 man squad as being weak. As for refs, there will always be pressure on them regardless of trying to influence them.
If by pressure on refs you are reffering to their limited ability as fallible humans to get all decisions correct then yes i agree, and that is why i totally support the introduction of not only goal line technology but also video tech for other offences such as diving. People say this would slow the game down. I beg to differ. If players know they are likely to get caught and penalised with yellow cards or after further offence a red card, then they simply wouldnt take the risk as they do now. So rather than stopping the game. the offence simply wouldnt happen. Just as criminals avoid committing crimes under the glare of cameras.
Completely agree with you there Blue_Mel, a great argument with nothing to be said against it but try telling that to the blinkered lot up top.

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