Sir Alex Ferguson has today claimed that the team he picks for Sunday will be one capable of winning, as he intends to keep the integrity of the league in tact.

“I don’t think it’s wrong to concern yourself with what’s going to happen on Sunday,” said Ferguson. “I think it’s important that we have got the league that’s got the best integrity in the world and we’ll play a part in that on Sunday. No matter which team I play, it will represent Manchester United in the normal way. We’re expected to win and we’ll go to win, that’s the responsibility we always have. Nobody should worry themselves unduly about our intentions on this particular occasion. I did contemplate phoning the three managers involved – Gareth Southgate, Ricky Sbragia and Alan Shearer. But I thought to myself that Ricky Sbragia worked here, he knows this club and knows exactly what we’re going to do. Gareth Southgate and Alan Shearer played against us many times and they know exactly what it’s like to play against Manchester United, so I dismissed that idea because they must know we’ll be doing our best.”

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