Hodgson happy to do Man Utd boss Ferguson selection favour
He said: "It's pretty obvious Alex Ferguson would like me to go easy on his players. I've not spoken to Alex but I don't need to. I was a club manager myself.
"This is a friendly, a very important one. We want to win it, play well and keep progressing - but I don't want to do that at the expense of players missing important Champions League games and then managers being reluctant to release their players."