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Fergie planning to rotate
28 Dec 2007 - 14:12:39
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he will make changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's trip to West Ham United.
Ferguson left Carlos Tevez, Ryan Giggs and Anderson out of the squad that thrashed Sunderland 4-0 at the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day.
The Premier League leaders take on Birmingham City on New Year's Day less than 72 hours after facing the Hammers at Upton Park and the veteran United manager is ready to shuffle his pack.
"We're taking a big squad down for the game with West Ham," Ferguson admitted.
"We're taking 20 players down, keeping them all together because you never know at this time of year.
"Utilising the squad is important. We freshened up the other day by leaving Ryan, Tevez and Anderson out.
"Tomorrow we'll make some more changes. Hopefully that brings the right freshness and gets us the right result.
"The confidence as a team is good, the form is good so we're going into the game in the right frame of mind.
"It's never easy at West Ham, of course. They beat us twice last season so we expect a tough game but, in the form we're in, we're looking forward to it."
Meanwhile, Ferguson has confirmed that injured goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar will return to training at the weekend after a groin problem and could be fit to face Birmingham City.