Fergie planning to rotate for Royals

by Michelle Fortune , 15 February 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson plans to make changes to his Manchester United side for the FA Cup fifth round meeting with Reading on Monday.

United were in Champions League action on Wednesday night and, while the entire travelling party have returned to Carrington in rude health, Ferguson has confirmed he will rotate his squad for the visit of Reading.

The Scot is adamant he wants his side to progress to the quarter-final of the FA Cup but is confident he has enough strength in depth to pick a team capable of seeing off the Royals.

“We've come through Wednesday night's game with any injuries. That's the best thing, apart from the result of course," Ferguson told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

"Of course, I'll make some changes for Monday night, even though it’s an incentive to get to the quarter-final. I don’t think that’s lost on any of the players.

"I think there's a good spirit in place and they're all contributing. Whatever side I pick we’re expected to qualify. That's what happens at United. Whatever team you play you’re always expected to win."

Despite planning to make changes to his side, Ferguson is refusing to take Reading lightly, simply because he does not want another shock result.

"I went to see Reading last week and they’re a team who are showing plenty of fighting qualities at the moment, as you’d expect given they’re down the bottom of the league," the Scot added.

"We'll take nothing for granted. In the FA Cup you always expect the unexpected. It happens so many times. You just hope you're not a casualty or a shock. We've had a few over the years.

"But I can't be more pleased than I am at the moment with the form and spirit in the place. It’s good."

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