Hull City v Manchester United: Rio Ferdinand rested as visitors name weak side
24 May 2009 03:50
The England defender had hoped to play at the KC Stadium to prove his fitness for the Champions League final on Wednesday after a calf injury.
Ferdinand was not the only notable absentee from the United line-up as Sir Alex Ferguson chose to rest his biggest stars ahead of the Rome showdown with Barcelona.
Darren Fletcher, who will miss the final through suspension, was the only player to retain his place in an unfamiliar side.
Ferguson's selection is sure to raise eyebrows given the importance of the fixture for relegation-threatened Hull.
The hosts, needing a win to guarantee survival in the top flight, made one change with Dean Marney replacing the ineligible Manucho.
Hull: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Kilbane, Dawson, Garcia, Marney, Boateng, Barmby, Geovanni, Fagan.Subs: Duke, Hughes, Mendy, Halmosi, Folan, Zayatte, Cousin.
Man Utd: Kuszczak, Rafael Da Silva, Neville, Brown, De Laet, Nani, Fletcher, Gibson, Welbeck, Martin, Macheda.Subs: Amos, Tosic, Possebon, Eckersley, Corry Evans, Drinkwater, James.
Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)