Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson plans to play two different teams in 48 hours next week.

The Mirror says United take on Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday, then face Chelsea in an FA Cup quarter-final replay at lunchtime on Easter Monday.

With a commanding 15-point lead in the title race, Ferguson is set to rest most of his key players for the trip to the Stadium of Light - and pay to fly some of them home privately from midweek internationals.

Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are among those poised to miss the game against Sunderland.

But all will be restored to the Old Trafford giants' starting line-up for the Chelsea encounter, with Ferguson desperate to add a sixth FA Cup to his glittering CV.