Ferguson to ring the changes

Ferguson has a delicate selection poser following Sunday’s 1-0

defeat at Arsenal. With their lead over nearest challengers Chelsea

cut to three points, United simply cannot afford to lose against

Carlo Ancelotti’s men at Old Trafford if they are to remain in

charge of their own destiny. However, they also have to defend a

two-goal lead against Schalke on Wednesday night to book a meeting

with Barcelona or Real Madrid at Wembley on May 28. And Ferguson

has already decided he must bring in some fresh faces in midweek.

“I will make some changes on Wednesday without question,” said

Ferguson. “I will bring Paul Scholes back in, Dimitar Berbatov,

Michael Owen. “We’ll need to do that but I will probably keep my

experienced players at the back. “We have a big week ahead.

Wednesday is a European semi-final second leg and then the game on

Sunday. “Two massive games, so we will regroup and freshen it up.”

They will do so with Ferguson fearful of the possibility that key

decisions could seriously affect United’s hope of clinching a

record 19th championship. Less than 24 hours after Chelsea profited

from two errors by match officials to record a 2-1 win over

Tottenham, Ferguson felt his own side were denied the chance of a

point at the Emirates when referee Chris Foy failed to spot Gael

Clichy’s foul on Michael Owen. Coming a couple of months after

Ferguson was furious at pivotal decisions that went against United

in a Premier League defeat at Chelsea, and the Scot still believing

the Red Devils were on the wrong end of key calls in both matches

between the two sides last term, he is worried about history

repeating itself. “It’s too big a game not to get the decisions

right,” he said. “Clichy knew. He put his hands up in horror.

“Obviously, it gives Chelsea a major chance now. That’s what

happens when you get these decisions. “They got one at Old Trafford

last season so that’s the worry now.”