Sir Alex to roll out big guns at Rovers
Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted he will field his strongest side against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, as his team seek out the single point that will clinch a 19th title for Manchester United.
United beat Chelsea last weekend to move to within one point of guaranteed title glory and it had been suggested Ferguson would shuffle his pack with the Champions League final with Barcelona in mind.
Ferguson said after the win over Chelsea that tactics in training would be shifted towards focusing on Barcelona, but he will leave nothing to chance at Ewood Park and will send out his big guns against a Rovers side still not guaranteed their place in the Premier League for next season.
"The most important thing is to approach this game in the right way," Ferguson said. "We will play our strongest team. It is a big game, it is always difficult at Blackburn. They are fighting and probably need a point, so it is going to be a difficult game. They are going to try their upmost to get that point or even beat us, so we have got to put in the same effort. It is a hard game for both teams.
"Everyone is fit, there are no new injuries. I may rest Edwin van der Sar on Saturday given the programme he's been through in last few weeks. All the games have been very important and tomorrow may be an opportunity to give him a break."
It is unlikely Ferguson will give rising start Javier Hernandez a rest. "There's no suggestion that there's any tiredness with him," he said. "We'll keep monitoring it. If we get the result tomorrow he'll get his rest next Sunday. If we don't then he'll play next Sunday. There are opportunities to rest him in the early part of next season. We'll give him a good rest after the Gold Cup in the summer."
Darren Fletcher is fighting a battle to be fully fit to face Barcelona at Wembley on May 28 and he is likely to play some part against Rovers.
"He is back training every day, he is over the virus he had," Ferguson said. "It is just a matter of getting the strength and speed to his game and we have games to do that.
"I think he will go very close (to facing Barcelona). He has the application to do that, the desire to do it and hopefully we can get him there."