Ferguson driven to refusal threat

Sir Alex Ferguson, left, will go head-to-head with Jose Mourinho, right, on Wednesday

Sir Alex Ferguson, left, will go head-to-head with Jose Mourinho, right, on Wednesday

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Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested refusing to play would be the only way to get any action over the TV scheduling that offers Real Madrid an extra day's rest ahead of their Champions League showdown with Manchester United.

Whilst Jose Mourinho's men are in action against Seville on Saturday evening, United do not take on Everton at Old Trafford until Sunday. For Ferguson it is yet another example of how the Premier League fail to look after the interests of English clubs when they are drafting TV fixtures.

And he realises the situation is unlikely to change without drastic action. He said: "How many times have I complained about it? You've heard my complaints. Do they listen? What can you do? Not turn up? I would like to do that by the way."

He continued: "The Premier League agree the contract with TV and they are in control but they are not giving our teams a chance to be successful in Europe. It is ridiculous to think we are playing on Sunday and Real Madrid have an extra day's rest.

"It is not fair. France play Friday nights. Why? Possibly we (England) get more money out of television I don't know. Other countries make sacrifices for their top teams in Europe."

It means Ferguson will field a completely different team on Sunday compared to the one he selects in Madrid and goes some way to explaining why he gave the green light for Roy Hodgson to use Wayne Rooney for the full 90 minutes in England's friendly with Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday.

Ferguson claimed his attitude "possibly" would have been different had the Everton game been scheduled for Saturday.

However, it remains to be seen whether the United boss carries through his threat given the loss of two points in last season's corresponding fixture was the chief reason for his side's failure to retain the Premier League title.

However, one player who definitely will not face the Toffeemen is Paul Scholes, who has picked up a minor knee injury Ferguson hopes will have eased sufficiently for him to come into contention on Wednesday.

"Paul has missed the last couple of games but he started training on Thursday and should be okay for next week," Ferguson said.

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