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Fergie Does A Mourinho!

On the eve of our Stamford Bridge showdown, Fergie, somewhat bafflingly, blast the Premier League.

I agreed with him last season when he criticised the league and Man City for not agreeing to move the game at the Eastlands to Sunday, therefore we were forced to play just three days after our exhaustive tie at Milan, and at lunchtime.

This time, though, I do not exactly understand how the schedule could be any better for us.

'The fixture is not fair in terms of the timing between the two games,' Fergie complained.

'Chelsea had a Tuesday fixture followed by a Wednesday one, so they have four days to get themselves ready for both games. There is no question that is a big advantage because, unfortunately, all we have are 60 hours.'

Yes but how could we had more? UEFA's policy of scheduling is well known: a team play on the Tuesday one week then on the Wednesday the next. We had five days rest before the Barcelona game and we knew we'll have less this time. It's unfortunate but what the Premier League could do?

They could switch the game to tea-time, I agree - it would probably generate a better atmosphere, too. But would that significantly increase our time to rest and prepare? No, only by a mere four hours. Switching it to Sunday is out of the question as we have to play a Champions League game on Tuesday.

So, nothing to do. It reminds me of Mourinho having the same complaints last year though at least Fergie was not such a hypocrite as the Portuguese who conveniently forgot that Tottenham were forced to play at them in a Saturday lunchtime after having a UEFA Cup game on Thursday night...




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 25 2008

Time: 8:47PM

Your Comments

There is only one Mourinho!
Fan of Blues
Saw the title and thought the Glazers fired old purple nose. Wishful thinking i guess :p
gunnerkid107
lol old purple nose.
Paulinho
Jose wasn't fired. He left by 'mutual consent'! ;-)
Fan of Blues
Fergie's team selection today is a joke, lose this lose the title imo
cyjax
And people call Arsenal whingers? Your behaviour today was an absolute disgrace. If Giggs, Ferdinand and Hargreaves played for Arsenal today the world would be up in arms, but they play for ManU and nobody will say a thing. And Fergie is the ultimate whinger when things do not go his way. Walking onto the pitch at full time to confront the referee that is disgusting - I dont think I have seen that too often from Wenger.
Will-i-am10
Commiserations. Have to say it was a strange selection, but Rooney going off seemed to take the steam out of you. I'm a Spurs fan btw, always liked United for your philosophy, PLEASE don't **** this up now and let Chelski win it! And give Wet Spam a good going over, will you? Title is still yours to lose.
allen49
how can fergie complain we had 2 games in 3 days last week and it cost us big time. what is fergie doing wiith his negative tactics against us and man utd. if u dont be careful u might not win anything this season.... come on chelsea up for the double
MrDax
I'm afraid Fergie's bizarre selection policies continue and they have cost you the title. Apart from the initial selections, once the game was underway how could he keep Nani and Giggs on the pitch. And to add insult to injury he takes off Anderson who was playing well and puts on O'Shea. Sorry, but Fergie has lost it. He should have played his best team and blown the west-end tarts away. I fear for you now as you never beat WHAM when you need to and Chelsea are not going to slip-up in their last two games. What a let-down.
Jollyboysouting
i mean against us and barcelona
MrDax
if giggs, rio and hargreaves were chelsea players like arsenal the whole world would blow a fit. man utd get away with so much
MrDax
I must say Sir Alex finally seems to have lost it, making the stupid blunder of not playing his best team from the start. Young players like Ronaldo can certainly play 3 games in 7 days. But he got what he deserved - a resounding slap !
ZeeNut
Sir alex as he disrespected chelsea..period...not playing ronaldo and tevez in what is the match of the season is a recipe for disaster..he shot himself in the foot!
essientric
*lost
essientric
Just imagine .... Sir Alex not starting his best team for what he called "the most important match of the season". Age has finally caught up with the man. He has simply lost the plot. Time for him to retire gracefully ?
ZeeNut
AHAHA U ****
pulse
hehe ok ok....you've all had your fun. we messed up, but it is still in our hands. perhaps this may indeed be the kick we need to really go out and spank west ham while chelsea play a very difficult away game at newcastle. then we play wigan team who are all but safe now while chelsea play a bolton side desperate for points. i said it two weeks ago, worst case scenaro we draw at blackburun and lose at chelsea, but its still in our hands. that happened, but YES it is still in our hands. we sont slip up....enjoy your brief succes, a glance at the table will show we arwe still top and firmly in the driving seat
united4life
oh and ps- whats with all the gooners on here, life not exciting enough over at the emirates. maybe next year you can join us and chelsea in title talk, bt for now let the actual contenders argue amongst themselves, this is big-boy *****, now go bakc to bed.
united4life
United4life....AAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Blue is the colour
UNITED4LIFE.....AAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA IN YOUR FACE *****WIT!!!!!!
Blue is the colour
AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
Blue is the colour
Sir "the most important match" Alex "we want to win it at the bridge" Ferguson went about winning it in a most unusal way. Got his just desserts, didn't he ?
ZeeNut
Fergie agrees that it was hand-ball, yet says that the decision was "diabolical". Since when is it "diabolical" to give a penalty for a hand-ball in the box ? I say that what was actually "diabolical" was his impertinence to leave his best players on the bench for a major major match, the way his squeaky-bum players constantly tried to pressurise the refs & finally the way Fergie & Queer whined away after the match.
ZeeNut
i only got 2 things to say. 1 is nani was dreadful and should of been substituted instead of anderson and barcelona had better watch out cause we will be going for them for sure now.
rooneyisgod
Read : http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=529298&root=england&cc=4716 I quote ... Just for once, the questions need to be asked of Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson rather than his Chelsea counterpart Avram Grant. MatthewPeters/GettyImages Cristiano Ronaldo spent most of the match on Manchester United's subs' bench. On a day when the Premier League title race could have been put to bed once and for all, the most respected coach in the history of the English game committed the sort of error that would lead to calls for a lesser man to be sacked. Make no mistake, the finger of blame for this potentially devastating defeat should be pointed at United's legendary manager. ....
ZeeNut
fancy converting to RED FORCE ay lads? :D
Cretivo
why i'm not surprise to see band of (true) blue losers here :P
Cretivo
Since your supporters do not seem to be internet-savvy, we are forced to help you guys out. Check out VitalChelsea. Active moderators, quick reports of matches & humming with comments and participation from fans.
ZeeNut
Some blues are ok... Merlin and FoB come to mind.
Cretivo
merlin,OLASALand FOB's are the only one's.I enoy the banter with those guys and if Chelski win the title i'll be the first to congratulate them and although I don't know them I think they would do the same in return.The best team finishes top and the worst three get relagated.I think we're all smart enough to know that.Although,I have my doubts supersheva and zeenut!!!
java
java it's easily lad... just humor all and take serious only those with selected few that have valid arguments. The rest... if u pay too much attention... well sad to say, we'll end up just like em' and that ain't pretty... hypertension wise ;)
Cretivo
Sore loser, java ? Won't let us rib you guys even a little ?
ZeeNut
ZeeTit.
java
 

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