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26/03/2013 09:24

Papers: Easter changes

David McDonnell writes in The Mirror...

Two Man Uniteds...
Sir Alex Ferguson is set to play two entirely different sides in the space of 48 hours to preserve Manchester United’s Double push. United take on Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday, then face Chelsea in an FA Cup quarter-final replay at lunchtime on Easter Monday. With a commanding 15-point lead in the title race, Ferguson is set to rest most of his key players for the trip to the Stadium of Light – and pay to fly some of them home privately from midweek internationals. Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are among those poised to miss the game against Sunderland. But all will be restored to the Old Trafford giants' starting line-up for the Chelsea encounter, with Ferguson desperate to add a sixth FA Cup to his glittering CV. United last won the FA Cup in 2004 and with Ferdinand, Carrick and Rooney having not lifted it, there is a huge desire among the squad to go all the way this season. Although Ferguson has insisted there can be no let-up in United’s pursuit of a 20th title, the proximity of the Chelsea game has forced a rethink. Ferguson knows it is impossible for his players to produce their best twice in 48 hours with so little rest time in between.

Elsewhere, former United striker Michael Owen, who announced he will retire at the end of this season, has revealed his future plans. “I would like to do some TV work, maybe write blogs," he's quoted in The Sun. "[I would also like to] set up a management business that predominately looks after younger players and see them through their career from the start."

The Daily Mail claim United scouts watched stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in Bosnia's recent World Cup qualifier against Greece. Bosnia won 3-1.

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