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Ferguson to risk Magpies anger with rookie line-up

MANCHESTER, May 19 – Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to risk the wrath of Newcastle United and Middlesbrough fans by fielding a rookie XI against Hull City this Sunday.FERGUSONThe Daily Mail says Gary Neville, Nani and Darren Fletcher will all start, but the rest of the XI will be relative rookies as Ferguson keeps his stars in cotton wool for their Champions League final against Barcelona.

Ferguson is aware of the criticism he will receive if he fields a team of youngsters against Hull because Newcastle – who are at Aston Villa on the same day – will definitely be relegated if United lose.

United will leave the KC Stadium on Sunday just 72 hours before their date with Barcelona and on Monday Ferguson seemed to confirm he would make wholesale changes in an attempt to ensure that his star players are fresh for Rome.

The United manager also said Park Ji-Sung would play in the Italian capital and that Rio Ferdinand was expected to be fit for the match.

Should Hull avoid defeat, Middlesbrough will be relegated, while a victory for Phil Brown’s team would take them out of Newcastle’s reach.

While no United second string could be called weak, the absence of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney would come as a major boost to Brown, but is likely to be met by the accusation that United have called into question the integrity of the League by Alan Shearer and Gareth Southgate, the Newcastle and Middlesbrough managers.

Ferguson said: "This is the best squad I’ve ever had. I could have picked two teams and I will be picking a team next Sunday which will reflect that.

"I have a fantastic squad of about 28 or 29 players to choose from with the introduction of [Federico] Macheda, [Danny] Welbeck, [Rodrigo] Possebon and the Da Silva twins.

"I know they’re young but they’re very good players, good characters, and they give us a back-up we’ve never had before. I’m as confident for the final as I possibly can be, because we’ve won the league so we’ll be going to Rome with a fresh team."

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Should Ferguson stick to his promise, it would not be the first time a top side have been criticised for failing to provide one relegation-threatened opponent with the same calibre of line-up they offered others.

A likely United XI:

(4-4-2): Ben Amos; Gary Neville, James Chester, Craig Cathcart, Richard Eckersley; Nani, Darron Gibson, Darren Fletcher, Zoran Tosic; Kiko Macheda, Danny Welbeck.



  1. Kotieno, Kasipul

    June 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    The law enforcers should have apprehended these characters before the public outcry. There is no point investigating the obvious! The groups’ music is strongly laced with tribal concoction that if left untamed would create serious animosity among Kenyans. No sane Kenyan would want to see Kenya return to the international shame we suffered due to reckless advice by people who want to cling to power at whatever cost. Let’s respect the will of the people the way former president, Moi, did when he realized that Kenyans meant it when they said, change now! Any good leader will always respect the will of the majority. Africa is lagging behind other nations of the world because, after taking leadership, leaders trivialize such national honor by making the presidency a communal thing. Most easily forget that they are elected by all the ethnic groups within the country. Let the law deal with these artists in order to set an example to any other formation with such destructive mindset!

  2. Julius Ngunjiri

    June 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Too little too late! Raising the hue and cry after the goats have done escaped from the Boma is meaningless. Who hasn’t heard these songs being played in broad daylight in matatus and
    everywhere, except Kibunja?

  3. njenga

    June 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    its not only kikuyu community that praise there leaders even others do but we have fogoten that African language have similar wards with different meanings

    • Julius Mwaniki

      June 28, 2012 at 11:07 am

      boss its a shame.that the year 2012, we are still demeaning other people and picking on them because they are from a particular tribe.

  4. munene

    June 29, 2012 at 6:50 am

    You people who are supporting these singers, just imagine how you’d feel if someone else composed such a song concerning your father or whoever is close to you. The content of that music is an abomination!!!

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