Updated: Monday, 6th April 2020 @ 9:57pm

Jet setters: Manchester United flying high after international break as Sir Alex Ferguson bids for freshness

Jet setters: Manchester United flying high after international break as Sir Alex Ferguson bids for freshness

By Alex Bysouth

Manchester United will literally be flying high after the international break, with Sir Alex Ferguson admitting the club are laying on private jets to return players to Old Trafford.

United have six players involved with the England squad, but Ferguson is more concerned with the travel plans of Javier Hernandez with Mexico and Shinji Kagawa with Japan.

And as United approach the run-in, in search of Premier League and FA Cup success, the Scot insists fielding players who feel fresh is vital.

“Tiredness is a great leveller,” he told the club website. “But we’ll do our utmost to make sure we field the freshest possible teams.

“In fact we’re making arrangements for some players to fly home by privately hired jet after their matches to make sure they get home as quickly and smoothly as possible.

“Private planes are going to cost the club an awful lot of money, but it is something we feel we have to do.

“It’s a real problem when the players come back at the end of the international break after playing two games involving long flights, particularly Chicharito in Mexico and Shinji Kagawa in Japan.”

Ferguson has given assistant Mike Phelan the job of organising players’ travel and helping keep those who remain at Old Trafford fit for their upcoming fixtures.

“We have a full team away on international duty over the next fortnight,” he explained.

“They will be coming back to play at Sunderland, who will have perhaps just three or four people away, with the remainder making the most of a break.

“Freshness is the name of the game now as we come towards the end of the season and the intensity of vital games coming in quick succession.”

And Ferguson will be calling upon those who were not involved at international level to step up and play their part as United go in search of a 20th league title.

“The players who will miss the international trips, like Giggs, Anderson, Vidic, Büttner and Rafa will be key players in the run-in,” he added.

“I am also delighted to say that Paul Scholes is back in training, and he will play a part in keeping us fresh.” 

“My role becomes even more important in selecting the right teams, with freshness the operative quality, it’s not necessarily putting out your best team, it’s picking the freshest.”

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