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17/05/2011 10:30

Papers: Boss plays to win

Richard Tanner writes in the Daily Express

We’ll be chasing the win says Sir Alex
Sir Alex Ferguson promised Blackpool’s relegation rivals that whatever Manchester United team he picks on Sunday will play to win. Blackburn, Wolves, Birmingham and Wigan, fear that with Manchester United already sure of the Premier League title, Ferguson will play a weakened team at Old Trafford on the last day of the season with an eye on the Champions League final a week later. But Ferguson will uphold the integrity of the competition and said: “It [the draw at Blackburn] has given us a real opportunity to look at how we can rest players and who needs to keep going. But we have a responsibility to make sure we are fair to all clubs. Manchester United will try to win next Sunday, there is no doubt about that.”

Sir Alex also features in the Guardian today, where he's quoted on United’s FA Youth Cup final meeting with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane tonight. The boss is optimistic about Paul McGuinness’ class of 2011, saying: “Over the past decade we've worked on bringing young players into the team from elsewhere. But we still like to produce our own young players and I think there are several in the present youth team who are doing really well.”

Elsewhere, Barcelona manager Pepe Guardiola has praised United’s strength-in-depth ahead of the Catalan's UEFA Champions League final clash with the Reds at Wembley on 28 May. Guardiola is quoted in The Sun: “Manchester United are extraordinarily strong, very similar to Real Madrid.  They are a hard-working side and it's very hard to hurt them.”

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