Manchester United announce full-strength squad to take on Hull

Posted by - May 22, 2009 - Hull City, Manchester United, Premier League

Full-strength reserve squad, that is!

After all the posturing, legal threats, promises, denials etc., Manchester United have announced their squad to face Hull City on Sunday. And it reads like a who’s who of reserve team football!

First-team strength is provided by Rio Ferdinand, who is supposed to be proving his fitness, and Gary Neville, Wes Brown and Nani, whose current fitness/standing with Sir Alex Ferguson is demonstrated by their being in the squad. The Champions League-suspended Darren Fletcher is also in the squad, of course.

Other than that the most notable names in the squad are young striker Federico Macheda and everybody’s favourite anti-dehydration advert Danny Drinkwater. And let us not forget Ritchie De Laet who stirred up a bit of controversy by announcing he was making his debut earlier this week! Full squad after the jump.

Kuszczak, Amos, Neville, Brown, De Laet, Ferdinand, Chester, Eckersley, Simpson, Fabio, Nani, Fletcher, Gibson, Tosic, Martin, Drinkwater, Macheda, Welbeck

Is that a strong enough side to beat Hull/stop Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough moaning?

  • Tommy

    i think even a mls team could take down hull at this point….i say marcheda at the death!

  • @MichaelCox

    A lot of ‘who?’ in there, but take out the nobodies and you can get a team of:

    Kuszczak; Neville, Brown, Ferdinand, Fabio; Martin, Fletcher, Gibson, Nani; Macheda, Wellbeck

    which still boasts six internationals!

  • Usama

    Ah,, finally noticed Danny Drinkwater!

  • Rob Parker

    Well, he’s old hat in FM terms, but couldn’t resist on this occasion!

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  • Martin S.

    Looking good, that team. Hope Hull stays up tho!

  • Joe

    What rubbish. SAF should play any team he likes…a perk of locking up the title with a match to spare. Newcastle, Sunderland and Boro have only themselves to blame for their league position. Newcastle need to go down, I feel bad for the fans but some housecleaning has to happen. I think they can bounce back and perhaps get a fresh start. The club’s only strength is their fanbase. The ownership, management and squad are all garbage.

  • Benny

    It’s 7 internationals in that team which, I believe, is more than the entire Hull first team. Not that weak in my opinion.

  • Matilda

    While I rather wish Fergie was playing more first team players (it is, after all, the last match of the season, I want a show!) Joe up there is right. Ferguson has earned the right to play whoever he likes, he is after all the manager. People should stop their whinging. I woudn’t agree that their squad is shit or that their only strength is there fan base though Man City proved to us all that being a good football club is not just about money.

  • Sheps

    That first team about the same quality as the one that played boro a few weeks back, so absolutely no complaining.

  • Joe

    @ Matilda…while garbage may be a strong word…I think it IS safe to say that they have an inconsistent, underacheiving squad, who, although being decent on paper, are dreadful on matchday. I think if you look at the teamsheet you’ll see a lot of players who had strong seasons somewhere around 2005 but haven’t really done much recently. Management hasn’t looked that strong either, although I don’t really blame Shearer as he didn’t have time to do much.