Man United boss Ferguson vows to play a ‘strong side’ at Sunderland

Sir Alex Ferguson insists he will field a "strong side" at Sunderland on Saturday despite Manchester United's hectic schedule

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Sir Alex Ferguson's side travel to Chelsea on Monday Photo: The Sport Review

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Sir Alex Ferguson insists he will field a “strong side” at Sunderland on Saturday – despite Manchester United’s trip to Chelsea just 48 hours later.

With his side 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, there has been speculation that the United boss is planning field two radically different line-ups for Saturday’s clash and Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final replay.

But Ferguson insists United are only focused on beating Sunderland and stretching their lead over Manchester City to 18 points, before looking ahead to Monday’s trip south.

He told MUTV: “I always believe winning is a good habit to have, to try and keep the momentum going, so obviously we’ll play a strong side at Sunderland and Monday will have to look after itself.

“There will be changes for Monday but, at the moment, we’re going to play a strong side against Sunderland and see where it takes us.”

Ferguson admits it will be a challenge to keep his players fresh for Monday’s game at Stamford Bridge so soon after Saturday’s game.

“I think you have to do exactly what you have to do in terms of getting the energy back into their bodies,” Ferguson added.

“We’re flying back from the game and that helps a good bit. Rather than sitting on a coach for two or three hours, we should be back within an hour from Newcastle Airport.

“We’ve put a lot of thought into it to make sure we’re ready for the game against Chelsea.”

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