Pellegrini forced to play Man City youngsters in Chelsea debacle
The second-choice Manchester City custodian turned in another dodgy display during Sunday's 5-1 FA Cup exit to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. "So I think we did the correct thing, the best decision for our club". "I have just 13 players (available) at this moment". Today, we couldn't because we had more important things at the moment. On the other hand, I think one can play every three or four days, especially when you have a squad that is broad quality-wise.
"We have big games coming up and the Champions League is a big challenge, we need to be ready for anything".
Pellegrini denied disrespecting the FA Cup.
"We have six players injured so we can't take risk of further injuries to players we have".
Manager Gus Hiddink won the FA Cup in 2009 with Chelsea, but faces a tough trip to Goodison Park as he searches for a repeat triumph.
United reached the quarter-finals under Van Gaal last season, when they succumbed to their first home defeat to Arsenal in over eight years.
While his counterpart Manuel Pellegrini rested a clutch of top names such as Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling and handed out five senior debuts, Hiddink had clearly set his sights on another memorable Wembley afternoon in May.
"I always take the best decision for the club", he added.
But a Cesc Fabregas-inspired Chelsea made their experience and class tell after the break with unanswered goals from Willian, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and Bertrand Traore.
Chelsea also had a penalty, but Oscar's effort was saved by Willy Caballero.
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Chelsea's interim manager Guus Hiddink slammed the supporters and voiced his disapproval against the actions.
Ruthless, rampant and ready to salvage their season by lifting the FA Cup.
"It is the temple of football worldwide and we must be careful not to devaluate it". And that for me is a very good sign'. They had Raheem Sterling on the bench and could have used him if the game was in the balance.
"We managed the game, created chances but it was hard to win".
And Hiddink insists the FA Cup and the Champions League are his main priority for the remainder of the campaign.
"There's not much left in the league for Chelsea, to be honest", he said. If I had 20 players maybe, but with just 13 I can not take the risk of players not recovering when we have a long flight [on Monday]. "It's good to see that".