Will Man United be right to field a second-string against Hull?By: Rob | May 19th, 2009
So, Man United have won the league, and with the Champions League final just three days after a trip to Hull, its fair to say that United will not field a full strength team against Hull. There could be a bit of a storm brewing though, as Hull are entangled in a bit of a relegation scrap at the bottom.
Obviously if Hull beat a second-string United team, which is more likely than them beating a first-string United team, Newcastle, Boro or Sunderland might feel its only right to complain a bit. And we could have another Sheffield United/West Ham situation on our hands.
There actually is a rule, never implemented by the FA that all “participating clubs shall field a full-strength team”. But nobody knows what the punishment even is for that.
Liverpool might like it to be a points deduction, but that seems unlikely, and to be honest, unfair. It could be a fine, it could be anything. But would Man United really deserve any such punsihment?
After all it could be argued, that by winning the league they have earned the right to do what they like on the last day of the season. Possibly fair to say Newcastle and Boro don’t see it that way.
But it is just a fluke of the fixture list. There’s no other way of doing the fixture list than to have the computer do them at random, and that’s always going to upset someone. I’m sure at some point earlier in the season, the fixture list helped the three North East clubs as opposed to Hull.
I’d probably be devestated if I was a fan of the three clubs in trouble (I’m quite fatalistic as a football fan at the best of times) though. But they should use it to fire themselves up at the weekend. From a psychology point of view, a good manager might be able to elicit a “everything’s against us, lets prove them wrong” kind of response.
You could also argue, perhaps, that Kiko Macheda will be more fired up for a game to prove himself against Hull, than Wayne Rooney who’d be terrified of being injured in the match.
Besides maybe its good Karma for letting us use their badge and logo. Bet Newcastle and Sunderland and Boro didn’t think of that.