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The Red Devils face a crucial week, with the stern test of a team who have already beaten them this season before a huge Champions League tie. How should they manage their squad?

DEBATE

If the ongoing political issues at Real Madrid had allowed anyone at Manchester United to let overconfidence creep in ahead of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday, Saturday night should have put an end to that.

Ahead of his big reunion with the Red Devils, Cristiano Ronaldo fired a barnstorming hat-trick for Jose Mourinho’s men as they battered Sevilla before being withdrawn to rest.

With the Liga outfit clearly in the zone in the build-up to their first-leg clash, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson now faces some serious questions regarding squad rotation as he plots to overhaul the Spaniards.

Perhaps the most important pair are forwards Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, the latter in a particularly fine vein of recent form. Between them, the attacking duo have racked up 35 goals this season and show no signs of letting up.

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But both turned out for their national sides in midweek, Rooney playing the full 90 minutes of England’s 2-1 win over Brazil, though the Dutchman was at least taken off at half-time. It does not ease the concerns over workload.

There is also, of course, the fact that Everton are fully capable of punishing United if they show weakness. Marouane Fellaini scored the only goal as the Toffees beat Sir Alex’s men 1-0 on the opening Monday of the season and stopping him this time will require plenty of work. Can they afford to rest players?

The Scot seems to think so. He has outlined his intention to juggle his squad during a crucial week but how different does he dare to make his teams?

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