Evatt - It's down to Fergie
Ian Evatt expects Sir Alex Ferguson to ignore the pleas of other managers and field whatever side he pleases.
Last Updated: 19/05/11 2:55pm
Ian Evatt expects Sir Alex Ferguson to ignore the pleas of other managers and field whatever Manchester United side he pleases against Blackpool.
Pool are among five sides battling against relegation as the Premier League campaign reaches its climax this weekend, and face a daunting task as they travel to Old Trafford on Sunday to stake their final claim for survival.
United boss Ferguson has hinted he could rest some of his key players for the clash, with league success already secured and the UEFA Champions League final against Barcelona looming at the end of the month.
While the Seasiders might benefit from facing the Red Devils' fringe players, Ferguson fielding a second-string side is not likely to sit well with the managers of the other relegation-threatened clubs.
But Pool centre-half Evatt does not believe their protests, or the threat of a penalty from the Premier League, will discourage Ferguson, insisting the Scot will do as he likes.
He told the Blackpool Gazette: "Sir Alex Ferguson has won the Premier League 19 times. He will do his own thing and what he thinks is best for his own club.
"No matter which manager pipes up and says Sir Alex should be doing this, or even if the Premier League say he shouldn't do something, he will do what he thinks is best for Manchester United.
"If that means playing the reserves, he'll play them. If he wants to play the first team, he'll do that.
"We could worry about that all day long but we won't because it is important we concentrate on ourselves and play like we have been playing."
Even a win at Old Trafford will not guarantee Pool top-flight survival, but Evatt feels it is essential they end the season in style regardless of where they end up next year.
"As long as we get three points we will have a great chance of staying in this division," he said.
"If we get a victory and are unlucky enough to go down with 42 points, then I don't think we could have done much more.
"We would certainly be able to all hold our heads up high."
Evatt says Pool cannot afford to be distracted by relegation scraps going on elsewhere on Sunday, insisting the trip to United is their sole focus.
He added: "You can go on about ifs and buts, but as long as we win I'm sure we'll be OK and that's what we have to focus on. We won't be thinking of what's going on anywhere else.
"On our day we are capable of matching any team in this division, including Manchester United."