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Alan Curbishley has confirmed what all Chelsea fans were dreading, West Ham will take a scratch squad to Manchester United in a week’s time.
The Hammers have been struck down by injuries all season, with Freddie Ljungberg the latest in a long line of casualties after Steven Taylor inadvertently cracked his rib.
Chelsea need United to drop a point in one of their final two league games if they are to win the title, but Curbishley revealed he will be giving one or two youngsters a chance at Old Trafford.
Matthew Upson, Anton Ferdinand, Jonathan Spector, Danny Gabbidon, James Collins and Calum Davenport are all out, meaning the likes of James Tomkins will be thrown in at the deep end.
"Perhaps some players have only seen Old Trafford on the TV might get a chance. It will be another learning curve for one or two of them and I have been happy with young Tomkins.
"Our problems have actually made us stronger because our squad player have been getting games and are more experienced.
"Obviously we won't be going with the pressure we had on us last year but we want to finish the season as strongly as we can. We will go there and give it our best shot."
they owe us a favour for resting our players last season and they stayed up so cheers curbs, your friendship with alex helps us, and then we face wigan and steve bruce. 6 points title won yesterday meaning nothing.