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MANCHESTER UNITED were last night sensationally warned: Play a weakened side against Hull and we’ll sue you.

Relegation-haunted Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland fear Alex Ferguson will rest his stars against Hull on Sunday ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League final against Barcelona.

If Hull win they will stay up â€â€ and send two of the three North East clubs down, costing them £30million apiece in lost revenue.

Paragraph E20 of Premier League rules states: “In every league match each participating club should field a full strength team.â€Â

No club has ever been cited for breaching the rule. But officials from Newcastle, Boro and Sunderland have discussed taking action if United send out a shadow side in the final game of the season.

A source close to the talks told SunSport: “United have every right to think of themselves but that shouldn’t be to the detriment of others.

“If they field a reserve team at Hull who then win and stay up, then the consequences for two of the three North East clubs will be dire.

“No one is looking for a favour, just a level playing field. And if the rules are not adhered to there are means of recourse.â€Â

If found guilty of breaching rules, United could face anything from a warning to a big fine.

They would also be open to legal action from any relegated club for compensation.

A Premier League spokesman said: “We are aware of this situation and we wll be monitoring all matches on the final day of the season.â€Â

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How about you win some of your previous 37 games instead of looking for favours on the last day of the season.

You almost want Man U to win with their youngsters but Middleborough and Newcastle mess up and still go down!!!

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Originally posted by Bingy;15488

How about you win some of your previous 37 games instead of looking for favours on the last day of the season.

You almost want Man U to win with their youngsters but Middleborough and Newcastle mess up and still go down!!!

10 points to that man!

It's like Sheff Utd compaling about Tevez, here's an idea lads.. f*cking win more games than the other teams around you, you won't go down.

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North East trio Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Sunderland have denied reports they could sue Manchester United should they play a weakened side against Hull City this weekend.

United travel to the KC Stadium for Survival Sunday and they can have a huge say in who will beat the drop.

Should Sir Alex Ferguson's side beat Hull, then Sunderland would definitely stay up and it would then also allow Newcastle and Middlesbrough the chance to avoid relegation.

However, if Hull win then that will have major ramifications. Middlesbrough's result at West Ham will become meaningless, while Newcastle would need to beat Aston Villa and hope Sunderland lose against Chelsea.

Reports on Wednesday suggested the North East trio had met with each other to discuss the possibility of legal action if, as expected, Ferguson opts to rest a number of his big names with one eye on the UEFA Champions League final against Barcelona next Wednesday.

But the three clubs have denied considering any sort of action.

A Newcastle spokesman said: "There's no truth in it whatsoever." While a Boro spokesman said: "It's not true, it's nonsense."

Sunderland refused to comment on the story, but insisted there was no foundation to it.

[url=http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_5338756,00.html]http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_5338756,00.html

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Playing a weakened side due to confidence of victory isn't very sporting in my opinion. It should be the club's choice to do this. Suing them would be ridiculous. If Newcastle go down it is their fault entirely. It is appalling that there are people in this current society who cannot take responsibility for their own failures and pass the buck sensationally.

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Man United have played weak sides all season before European games, Arsenal play weak sides in the League and FA Cup, it should be the clubs right to play a weakened side, they have the European Final to prepare for and if the FA or Fifa have a problem with this they should re think the fixture dates.

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