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Wolves defend team selection against Manchester United

Wolves players huddle togethe before the match at Manchester United
McCarthy rested 10 players for the trip to Old Trafford

Wolves say they are baffled as to why the club has been asked to justify Mick McCarthy's team selection in the match against Manchester United last week.

Boss McCarthy rested 10 first-team players in the defeat at United to keep them fresh for Sunday's Burnley match.

League rules state a full-strength side must be played in all top-flight games.

"We expressed surprise as to why we're being asked for an explanation given there are examples of teams doing the same," said chief executive Jez Moxey.

"In the letter, we contest any accusation that we didn't field a full-strength team at Old Trafford."

Wolves lost the game at United 3-0 but went on to beat relegation rivals Burnley 2-0 on Sunday seemingly justifying McCarthy's decision.


"We're confident of our position on this and have cited the example of three or four other teams doing something similar.

"If we'd fielded five youngsters then I could understand the risk of us being in bother. But I think with the exception of George Fried, it was the same 20-man squad that travelled to Tottenham."

Wolves beat Tottenham 1-0 days before their visit to Old Trafford, with McCarthy also citing the nature of the victory over Spurs as another reason to rest key players.

That victory over Spurs was the second successive top-flight win for Wolves - the first time the club have achieved that in 26 years.

But McCarthy responded to the victories by keeping faith only with keeper Marcus Hahnemann against United, explaining afterwards that the physical exertions of the players at White Hart Lane ensured they needed a rest.

The second string went on to lose comfortably, leaving many Wolves fans bemused and frustrated.

McCarthy's selection against United was branded "grossly disrespectful" by Wolves supporter chief Arthur Williams.

And several of the 3,000 Wolves supporters that travelled to Manchester also asked for their money back.

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see also
Wolves 2-0 Burnley
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Wolves asked to explain selection
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McCarthy defends Wolves selection
16 Dec 09 |  Premier League
Man Utd 3-0 Wolves
15 Dec 09 |  Premier League
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