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Craig Porter 1st Mar 2009 - 9:57

It's win-win for Fergie

Sir Alex Ferguson has talked himself into a winning situation ahead of Manchester United's Carling Cup Final against Tottenham Hotspur.

His somewhat confusing rhetoric leaves us under the impression that he doesn't really care about today's cup final as his priority is the Premier League yet he still wants to win the game.

"We obviously want to win because the winning mentality in the club is why we have been successful, but we know what our priorities are and that will affect the team that I pick on Sunday. We have a big game at Newcastle on Wednesday and the priority for us will always be the Premier League and the Champions League."

So, if United win then great. If they lose, well, it doesn't matter as he's concentrating on the League.

He has promised youngsters Darron Gibson and Danny Wellbeck a start in reward for their efforts earlier in the tournament. Berbatov will be rested and miss out on the chance of scoring against his former club. But Man Utd have a lot of strength in depth and the bench will be packed with players that most clubs would be delighted to have on their books.

Just in case his selection tactics go wrong, Ferguson seems to be trying to take his opposite number's eye off the ball too.

"The Premier League is the only place to be and Harry Redknapp is well aware of that judging by the team he picked in the Uefa Cup on Thursday."

If only Redknapp had the luxury of being able to pick the players he wants to. His latest recruits, Robbie Keane, Wilson Palacios, Carlo Cudicini and Pascal Chimbonda are all cup-tied and Fraizer Campbell, on loan from Man Utd, is not allowed to play against his owners. Add in a couple of injury doubts in Jamie O'Hara and Ledley King and Harry's choices are limited to say the least.

In the words of CSI Miami's Lieutenant Horatio Caine, "this is how it's going to happen":

Man Utd's weakened team resist the onslaught of the Tottenham side that are playing all-out to prove their doubters wrong. Spurs get the goal they deserve just before half-time. United pummel the Tottenham defence for the first twenty five minutes of the second half to no avail. Ferguson gets bored and brings on the big guns from the bench.

Manchester Utd win 2-1 and the double result of half-time Tottenham, full time Man Utd is a 20/1 winner.

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