Fergie predicts plenty of goals

Before the Red Devils are handed their record 19th title, a nervous

game of survival will take place at four top-flight grounds across

the country. Blackpool find themselves in the onerous position of

becoming the first team to win at Old Trafford this season, and

only the second to take any points, if they are to stand the best

possible chance of staying in the top flight. And even though he is

not directly affected, Ferguson is not relishing the experience.

“This game on Sunday is not the kind of game you actually enjoy,”

he said. “You are talking about one point separating five teams.

“It is very tight down there and you could sense what was coming

with the way the league was shaping. “Losing a couple of games can

put you right back in the mire and Sunday is going to be a very

important day for the futures of these clubs, which means it is not

the easiest game for me to pick a team in.” In confirming at least

half a dozen senior figures within his squad will start, Ferguson

is ensuring his impartiality is not brought into question. Among

the six men he named are Edwin van der Sar, who will make his final

Premier League appearance, Dimitar Berbatov, who is engaged in a

head-to-head duel with Carlos Tevez for the Premier League’s Golden

Boot prize, and Darren Fletcher, who desperately needs competitive

action to stake a claim for a place in Ferguson’s Champions League

final line-up. “If you lose a game and it affects other teams, you

should be put under scrutiny,” said Ferguson. “At Hull we played

all the young players but won 1-0. There was no reason to criticise

the selection that time. “When we played West Ham, Neil Warnock,

for some reason, found it easy to criticise us. “It was a bit

unfair of Neil Warnock to do that. All Sheffield United needed was

a draw on their own ground. And if he watched our match, we

battered West Ham. “The criticism can only be valid if you lose. On

this occasion it will be the same again.” Ferguson knows it will be

a tough game against Blackpool this weekend – he will not forget

their 3-2 win at Bloomfield Road in a hurry. “We dug it out at

Blackpool,” said Ferguson. “Set pieces did for us that day. Charlie

Adam was hitting rockets into our box. “We are well aware of their

capabilities. They try to score goals and have a great adventure

about them. “That will be the case on Sunday. “I am sure they will

have a go and there could be a lot of goals.”