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Warnock To Field Reserves?

The last game of 2006 see's the mighty Gunners travel to Bramall Lane in a game that is a must win for Arsenal, however United boss Neil Warnock may have handed Arsene Wenger's men a pre-match boost.

Warnock's side are in desperate need of points in their bid for Premiership survival, and the Blades gaffer see's the clash with Arsenal as a no-win situation, so may field a second 11 in a bid to rest his main squad.

As fixtures come thick and fast, Warnock believes his next game against Boro as a more viable game his boys could win and as such see's that as the more important match.

'I don't really want to change too much but playing Arsenal and then travelling to Boro for a 3pm kick-off is asking a lot of them,' said Warnock

'Squad rotation may come into it. I will have to be careful who I select against Arsenal and may even play a second XI.'

Crazy or genius?

You decide.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday December 28 2006
Time: 9:22AM

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At the end of the day the promoted clubs look at the top three teams as bonus games, so would not be surprised if he did not put out a few reserve players. Not that it would matter either way as I would still expect us to be their team, reserves or no reserves.
28/12/2006 11:18:00
Mind games baby. No one will be rested, mark my words.
Little Dutch
28/12/2006 11:35:00
Phil Warnock, interesting character. With all due respect to his squad , is there a big difference in skill between a first team player for the Blades and a squad player in that team? I mean Hulse or Webber, Akinbiyi or Kabba does it make a great difference? No. Either way, they will be a tough, physical opponent and I expect to see big Phil Senderos continue alongside Kolo, because we'll get bombarded with crosses and long balls.
28/12/2006 13:10:00
LD - I see no reason for him to play mind game. Arsene Wenger will play which ever team he was going to play anyway, and what ever team he set out to play will beat Sheffield. This will just make it easier.
28/12/2006 13:28:00
I think Warnock's trying to unsight us. The way he sees it, we've struggled against average teams, he may deduce that's down to complacency and therefore this looks an attempt to make us take our eye off the ball. The Blades have lost their last two games following a fabulous run, a sound beating by us will be very detrimental to his tem as that confidence will completely evaporate. I expect to see a full team and so will Wenger.
Little Dutch
28/12/2006 13:56:00
I still expect 3 points whichever team the opposition put out. I think Adebayor missing will be a big loss for us as he has made a big difference and seems to like playing against the "so called physical teams". Theo and the Beast should get a run out on Saturday. Here's to 3 points and hot on the heels of those Russian mob.
28/12/2006 15:09:00
I agree that it's mere mind games. Perhaps an attempt to change Wenger's team selection? It would never work, Wenger is far too astute for that.
28/12/2006 17:24:00
I think Wenger has in mind what team he's gonna field against Sheff Utd and whether its their reserves or first team, our lineup wont change.
30/12/2006 01:01:00
i agree with LD, mind games, i suppose warnock now believes he is a Jedi :P this is a tough game for us, we never travel well to these smaller tougher games
30/12/2006 09:41:00
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