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Ferguson slams play-off idea

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Sir Alex Ferguson believes a play-off to decide the final Champions League place is a 'hare-brained scheme'.

United boss feels Premier League doesn't need to change

Sir Alex Ferguson believes the proposal to have a play-off to decide the final UEFA Champions League place is a 'hare-brained scheme'. There have been suggestions that the teams who finish fourth to seventh in the Premier League could face each other in an end-of-season knock-out to determine who would join the top three in the Champions League. Opposition to the idea has already been voiced by the likes of Arsene Wenger, Roberto Mancini and Rafa Benitez, and Ferguson is also not in favour of the proposal. The Manchester United manager feels the Premier League currently works fine as it is and does not believe there is any need to make a change.

Product good

He said: "There's always someone coming up with hare-brained schemes from time to time. "I don't know why people would want to change the format of the Premier League - it's very good." He added: "The product is good. "It sells well all over the world. People want to watch English games on television. There's no real need to change. "Okay, all teams in the Premier League would like to be in Europe, but there's a way of doing that and it's to finish in the right position."

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