Manchester United should be fined if they play second string against Blackpool

19 May 2011 10:27
ShareCall for consistency: Wolves owner Steve Morgan[LNB]Wolves owner Steve Morgan believes Manchester United should be fined by the Premier League if they field a weakened side in their final game against relegation-threatened Blackpool. [LNB]United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has taken that step in the past for matches with West Ham and Hull on the last day of league campaigns. [LNB]United face the Seasiders at Old Trafford on Sunday, less than a week before the Champions League final, with speculation mounting that Ferguson will rest several key players. [LNB]Wolves were handed a suspended ?25,000 fine for making 10 changes for a match against United last season and Blackpool were fined during this campaign for adopting the same approach at Aston Villa. [LNB]Morgan said: 'We can only do what we have to do. I don't know what they will do. United are a very professional club and will not want to lose on the final day, on the day they get presented with the Premier League trophy. [LNB]'They are not going to want to lose going into the Champions League final.'[LNB] But, when asked if he expected United to be fined by the Premier League if they field a weakened side, Morgan said: 'It would be pretty hypocritical if they weren't (fined).'[LNB] Wolves will stay up if they beat Blackburn at Molineux, but Morgan insists the club would not go into financial meltdown if they are relegated. [LNB] Morgan said: 'The current players' contracts depend on which division they are in, everybody. [LNB]Big names: But some of the United players could be rested with the Champions League final in mind[LNB]'I know that's not true at a lot of clubs where they've got certain players who are on the same whatever happens. [LNB]'Everyone here has got that sort of contract. That's what we do. It is financial suicide to do anything other than that. [LNB]'Your revenue would drop by ?30million if we go down so who the hell is going to pick that up?'[LNB] Wolves made a ?9m profit last season and Morgan believes all clubs should aim to live within their means. [LNB]He said: 'We've seen what happened with Portsmouth. They went on a spending spree, brought lots of players in, they won the cup, and then they almost went into oblivion. [LNB] Hot shot: Steven Fletcher has five goals in as many games as Wolves try to avoid the drop[LNB]'This short-term mentality in football is ludicrous. People have to think longer term and start thinking what they are doing. [LNB]'We were the third highest spenders in the Premier League last summer so it's not as if we are not spending on players. We spent a net ?18m. [LNB]'Mick McCarthy will have money to spend again this summer but it is all about balance. [LNB]'Is it too much of an ask that clubs are run fiscally correct? I don't think it is. The graveyard is full of them who haven't done that.'[LNB] Survival Sunday: How do the five top flight clubs in danger shape up? Holloway can feel the fear as Blackpool manager faces up to Survival SundayJamie Redknapp: Relegation hurt me much more than any of my injuriesHolloway hits out at Premier League: They want Blackpool relegatedAll the latest Wolves news, features and opinion  [LNB]  Explore more:People: Alex Ferguson, Mick McCarthy, Steve Morgan

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