Though they have already wrapped up the Premier League title, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said he will field his best players as teams like Chelsea vie for Champions League qualification.
The Blues take on United at Old Trafford Sunday, looking for the three points to put them back in third place on the table, after Arsenal supplanted them with their 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers, and Tottenham kept pace with a 1-0 win against Southampton.
There continues to be animosity between Ferguson and Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez, who questioned the United manager’s success in Europe.
“In England he’s a top manager, and when you are with a top side and have had more money than anyone for years, then you can keep winning and you can keep talking,” Benitez said to Mirror. “But when you play against another top side, in Europe, it’s always more difficult.
“Should United have done more in Europe? I don’t know. I think that United is a top side with a top manager and that’s it. We will leave it there.”
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Ferguson also admitted this week he regretted not signing Blues Frank Lampard, who is currenting sitting at 201 career goals, tied for the most all-time for Chelsea, but could hold the record outright if successful Sunday.
"Lampard has been unbelievable," said Ferguson to the Telegraph. "I don't think a midfield player will be able to do that figure again. It's quite phenomenal.
Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra
Nani, Kagawa, Rooney
Azpilicueta, Terry, Ivanovic, Cole
Mata, Oscar, Hazard
Predicted Score: 2-2 draw
Where to watch: The match will kick-off at 11 a.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by Fox Soccer Channel with a live stream available on Fox Soccer 2Go.