One point away from the title, United will travel to Ewood Park this Saturday. Comparing both squads, one point for United is an easy job. However, it is an obligation for United to grab the title with fashionable manner. No reason for Sir Alex to play a weakened team this time.
In the defense line, Patrice Evra should be back after being dropped in the last match due to minor injury. With Rafael still looking for his full fitness, Fabio can be expected to fill the right back slot. The young Brazilian has shown his capability in the recent weeks and didn’t disappointing so far. As a natural right footer, he easily adopt the right wing role. This match and next match against Blackpool will be an audition for him for the Champions league final. Two more slot in the centre of course will be totally owned by Rio and Vida. This composition is the best United has right now and should be maintained for the rest of the season by Fergie. United defense proved to be the the foundation of the team this season. Fergie will not make any experiment in this area, especially with less than two weeks for the Champions League final. Therefore, the same back four can be expected to be played next week against Blackpool.
Unlike the back four selection, midfield selection will be more difficult for Fergie. Only Carrick has an established place in the centre midfield. Brilliant performance by Giggs, Valencia, and Park will left selection headache for Fergie. Nevertheless, regarding the encounter with Barcelona, Fergie needs his squad to be in full sharpness. Thus, for this reason we can expect Anderson and Nani to be played this week. Fletcher still far from full fitness and can be expected to be played when United lead comfortably. Valencia will keep his slot in the right flank, together with Nani, they can be expected to deliver continuous threat to the blackburn side.
In the front, Berbatov will start again, for the same reason with Nani and Anderson. Actually, Nani and Berba are the reason why United could be in a very comfortable position right now. Most notable key moment of their contribution can be seen in the Bolton’s match, when Evans had been sent out and United down to ten men, a brace from Nani and a poacher effort from Berbatov gave United complete three points.
Choosing this strategy means that Chicharito will be sacrificed, but this is the proper way to prepare for May 28. You can’t meet Barcelona with only one strategy and 11 player available. Berba and Nani unarguably have immense quality that can produce a moment of magic, something which will be very valuable when a team facing Barcelona. The only reason why they sit on the bench is pure on strategy, as been shown in the last match against Chelsea. When the time comes, it is their job to get out from the bench and turn the match. This weekend match can be very crucial for them to get their form back. Finally, let’s hope for the best, this weekend we officially can dump Liverpool out of their perch!!!