played two international games. And the calibre of player that we have means they always play for their international teams, that’s for sure.”
Now with a full week to prepare for City's visit, there are team selection dilemmas all over the pitch, and one area that Sir Alex may have the greatest difficulty in settling on a decision is up front, with Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck all vying for starts.
When asked more broadly about his use of those four players during the run-in, Sir Alex said: “I’ve no worries about Rooney because he’s needing games, he’s the kind of player who has to play all the time.
"With van Persie, we have to monitor it because we still don’t know all about Robin, and the kind of seasons he’s had. I don’t think he had a season of such intensity during his time at Arsenal, so we’ll have to look at that. Welbeck’s looking strong as well, as is Chicharito.”
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