Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United ready to cripple Chelsea’s Champions League chances

By Alex Bysouth

Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to dent Chelsea’s Champions League chances by selecting his possible strongest side for Manchester United’s clash with the Europa League finalists on Sunday.

Despite being already crowned league winners, the Red Devils could play a major role in the race for a Champions League spot, having held Arsenal to a draw last weekend.

The draw at the Emirates ended United’s hopes of beating Chelsea’s record Premier League points total, but Ferguson is still keen to finish the season on a high.

“We did pretty well at Arsenal last weekend and should’ve won it with the chances we had,” he said.

“Chelsea are chasing a Champions League place as well and we’ll be playing the strongest team we can, they have done fantastically well over the last few weeks and they are in the final of the Europa League.

“It should be a good game, we need to play with good enthusiasm and enjoy it, we should express ourselves and try to finish off a good season.”

The Scot will have to make do without England forward Danny Welbeck, but welcomes back veterans Nemanja Vidic and Paul Scholes – who looks set to retire at the end of this campaign.

“Welbeck is out of Sunday,” Ferguson added. “The rest are all fit.”

“Scholes and Vidic are training and I’ll probably put Scholes on the bench on Sunday to get him back into the fray – I’d love him to play in the Swansea game.”

This is the fifth time the sides will meet this season, exchanging league and League Cup victories in the space of three October days which produced 14 goals.

United then knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup in April in a replay at Stamford Bridge, having given up a two goal lead at Old Trafford.

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