Fergie - United out to win

22 May 2009 02:22
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has reassured Hull City's relegation rivals that he will be sending out a team to win at the KC Stadium on Sunday. The Premier League champions tackle 17th placed Hull in the final league game of the season just three days before facing Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final. Reports earlier in the week claimed that Middlesbrough, Newcastle United and Sunderland were ready to sue the Red Devils, if they sent out a weakened team against Hull. Ferguson admits he considered speaking to the respective managers of the North East clubs to confirm he would be picking a side capable of winning at the weekend. However, the United chief opted against that idea, believing Gareth Southgate, Alan Shearer and Ricky Sbragia are aware he would not damage the integrity of the Premier League. "I don't think it's wrong to concern yourself with what's going to happen on Sunday," said Ferguson on Sky Sports News. "I think it's important that we have got the league that's got the best integrity in the world and we'll play a part in that on Sunday. "No matter which team I play, it will represent Manchester United in the normal way. We're expected to win and we'll go to win, that's the responsibility we always have. "Nobody should worry themselves unduly about our intentions on this particular occasion. "I did contemplate phoning the three managers involved - Gareth Southgate, Ricky Sbragia and Alan Shearer. "But I thought to myself that Ricky Sbragia worked here, he knows this club and knows exactly what we're going to do. Gareth Southgate and Alan Shearer played against us many times and they know exactly what it's like to play against Manchester United, so I dismissed that idea because they must know we'll be doing our best." Ferguson admits he could send out a team similar to the one which lost to Everton on penalties in the FA Cup semi-finals, which would see the likes of Darron Gibson, Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck involved. He added: "If I can trust them to play in a semi-final, why can't I trust them for the last game of the season when we've already won the league? "It's just a natural thing for us to play players who will give everything for us." The Scot also believes the Premier League should have scheduled the final round of games for a Saturday, rather than a Sunday. "Barcelona play on the Saturday night and we've got a programme on the Sunday," continued Ferguson. "An English team has been in the final for the last five years, so it's not as if the Premier League are short of knowledge. "They could easily put the whole programme to a Saturday and that may have helped the situation. "I still wouldn't have played my strongest team, of course, but there may have been one or two who would have played."

Source: SKY_Sports