Ferguson: Freshness the key

Sir Alex Ferguson says 'freshness is the name of the game now' amid reports he will select different teams for Manchester United's next two matches.

Last Updated: 26/03/13 at 13:23 Post Comment

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United could pick two different teams

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United could pick two different teams

United travel to Sunderland on Saturday lunchtime in the Premier League before heading down to London to face Chelsea next Monday in an FA Cup quarter-final replay.

Coming on the back of the international break, Ferguson is keen to utilise the full depth of his squad and confirmed United will be flying some players back by private jet.

"Freshness is the name of the game now as we come towards the end of the season and the intensity of vital games coming in quick succession," said the United manager, whose team are 15 points clear at the top of the table.

"My role becomes even more important in selecting the right teams, with freshness the operative quality. It's not necessarily putting out your best team, it's picking the freshest.

"This will be a real problem when the players come back at the end of the international break after playing two games involving long flights, particularly with Chicharito in Mexico and Shinji Kagawa with Japan.

"In fact, we're making arrangements for some players to fly home by privately hired jet after their matches, to make sure they get home as quickly and smoothly as possible.

"Tiredness is a great leveller but we will do our utmost to make sure we field the freshest possible teams. Private planes are going to cost the club an awful lot of money, but it is something we feel we have to do.

"The players who have missed the international trips, like Ryan Giggs, Anderson, Nemanja Vidic, Alexander Buttner and Rafael, will be key players in the run-in. Paul Scholes is back in training and will play a part in keeping us fresh."

United blew an early two-goal lead in their first cup meeting against Chelsea and Ferguson wants his players to make the most of a second chance.

He added: "You could see the signs of mental fatigue in the first half against Chelsea, with the way we were giving the ball away in situations when we were not under particular pressure.

"In the second half, some of our players were just plain knackered and, against a good team like Chelsea, you get punished for carelessness.

"We got out of jail and now we have a second chance, for which we will hopefully be in a better state."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter announces he will resign as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter has announced he is to resign as president of FIFA and an election will be held to decide his successor.

FIFA: What happens now with Sepp Blatter set to step down?

With Sepp Blatter standing down as FIFA president, Bryan Swanson gives the lowdown on what might happen next.

Sepp Blatter to quit: Names in frame for FIFA top job

After FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced he will step down from the role, we look at the candidates to replace him.

Mail Box

Liverpool 2015 Feels Like Liverpool 2011...

One Mailer says Benteke = Carroll, Bellamy = Milner and Clyne = Downing. Plus we have U21 Euro impatience, farewell Rio, Rafa Benitez, Milner, FIFA and title play-offs...

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company