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However, his decision to shuffle his pack against Sunderland owed as much to his team’s dominant position in the Premier League table as it did to his desire to add a sixth FA Cup winner’s medal to his collection. United’s win at the Stadium of Light enabled them to preserve their 15-point lead at the top of the standings and a 20th English title now appears a formality.
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Life is not quite so rosy for Ferguson’s opposite number, Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez. Last season’s European champions remain in contention for honours in both the FA Cup and the Europa League, but Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Southampton jeopardised their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. Benitez defended his decision to leave Eden Hazard, Ashley Cole and David Luiz on the bench at St Mary’s. “We had to manage the squad,” he said. “We don’t have too many options in some positions, so we had to use the players we had.
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“It would have been different if we’d done better in the first half, because in the second we had the chances to win.” Benitez also rejected suggestions he had purposefully rested Gary Cahill and Juan Mata. “Cahill and Mata couldn’t play. I wasn’t ‘resting’ them,” he said. “If you don’t have one or two players, you have to manage the squad.
Mata could be back on Monday, but Cahill, I don’t think so.” Despite United’s record-breaking dominance in the league, which has now seen them amass 50 points from a possible 54, Benitez will take heart from his side’s performance in the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on March 10. Then, United quickly assembled a 2-0 lead, only to wilt in the face of Chelsea’s stirring comeback in the second half.