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Hull see positives in weakened Man Utd team

Hull City chairman Paul Duffen believes the controversy over Manchester United's team selection could work in the Tigers' favour on Sunday. Hull go into the game knowing that if they can match Newcastle's result at Aston Villa then they will secure their Premier League status for another season.

And in all likelihood they will be playing a weakened United squad ahead of their Champions League final next Wednesday.

This scenario has reportedly not gone down well with Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland all embroiled in the fight against the drop.

"Squad rotation is something which has become part and parcel of big clubs playing multiple competitions," Duffen told Sky Sports News.

"It's really hard to say what team a manager should pick on any given day otherwise you're going to start going back through the season and rewriting the teams where maybe the strongest didn't take the pitch.

"Integrity is very important, but this is the 38th game of a 38-game campaign and I don't think we want to start trying to pick teams for managers in the last game of the season.

"I'm just delighted that our rivals on Sunday are more focused on our opposition than their own at the moment.

"Whatever team Manchester United put out it is going to be a very tough ask for us. They don't have an easy side. Even if they put youngsters out they could still field 11 internationals.

"Whoever comes out of that dressing room wearing a Manchester United shirt will play their heart out for their club. We need to do the same and be better than them on the day.

"I'm not worried about who other clubs are playing, I'm more focused on our game. We know that we have to focus on winning the game, all the rest of it is just noise in the system."

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