Ferguson facing selection problems

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Sir Alex Ferguson is dealing with a selection crisis for Sunday’s match against Arsenal, but not the kind managers with injury probems or a lack of decent players might face.

The Manchester United manager has too many good players for his positions, and will rest superstar and Champions League semi final goal scorer Ryan Giggs as a result.

"It is a strange thing because Ryan's peak seems to have lasted so long now," Ferguson said.

"You would think at 37, he would be showing signs of waning. I don't see any evidence of that. We look after him in terms of rest before games.

"He won't be playing on Sunday. He maybe will play next Wednesday. That is the way we have to deal with him now.

“When he gets that freshness, he doesn't show any sign of fatiguing at all. He is an amazing man."


At the age of 37, Giggs is one of the few older players who still plays in the midfield role, and is continually seen skinning players up to 15 years younger than him.

The stalwart has made over 600 appearances for Manchester United, and is one of a few players who Ferguson can keep in the cellar for the game on Sunday should he need some alternative talent.

"I've got good options because Nani could have played but Antonio Valencia's form showed why he's playing," Ferguson said of his selection decisions for the Arsenal game.

"His performance was absolutely unbelievable. So we've got selection problems now. But that's what we want.

"We've got an important game on Sunday against Arsenal. It'll be a different team but hopefully we'll get the result we want."

Manchester United are currently six points clear from second placed Chelsea, and need to take seven points from their next four games to secure the title.

Meanwhile, Arsenal look to have all but squandered their chances of challenging for the title this season, though with nothing to lose on Sunday they may just surprise United.

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