David Sadler column
Manchester United need to stamp some authority on the Premier League title race when the international break is over. I think in order to do that then the Reds need a good month or so with a consistent team choice. There has been no better manager than Sir Alex Ferguson at keeping all the balls in the air with his selection juggling act. But I still find it a touch puzzling that there is so much chopping and changing this early in the season. I understand it later in the term when tension and tiredness creeps in. But at this stage of a campaign I don't really see the need for extensive alterations week to week. For instance I was puzzled on Saturday at Sunderland that Dimitar Berbatov wasn't playing. I know that he played at Bolton and then against Valencia in midweek but he is no longer involved on the international scene with Bulgaria. You would think he had another 90 minutes in him before enjoying a two-week break. He is the man in form and you would think he would be champing at the bit every game. Of course, we are not privy to what goes on during training and how players are feeling but, on the face of it, I would have thought before fatigue hits then it would be best to go with the ones on a high. With that in mind, I was surprised Chicharito did not start at the Stadium of Light as well. The Mexican must have been on cloud nine after scoring the winner in Valencia. Instead, Michael Owen and Federico Macheda were chosen and it just didn't work. When United return to league action against West Bromwich Albion hopefully everyone will be fit and well and Fergie can choose his strongest line-up. Then I hope he uses that same team-sheet for a number of weeks all being well. I feel that might get that elusive consistency into United's game. What do you think? Have your say.
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