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Fergie questions semi plans

08 Mar 2008 - 13:25:59

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has questioned the decision to host the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley.

Ferguson believes the national stadium should be reserved for showpiece occasions like cup finals.

The United boss is also concerned that northern fans - of the likes of the Red Devils, Middlesbrough and Barnsley followers - could be forced into making an unnecessary and expensive trip down to London for a semi-final.

"I think the incentive for every footballer is that one day they can get to a final at Wembley," he said.

"Having the semis at Wembley takes a bit away from the real buzz of getting to the final.

"The prices at Wembley are very expensive. London prices are enormous compared with anywhere else in the country.

"If we got a semi against Middlesbrough both of us would have to go down to Wembley when we could play at Manchester City, Liverpool or Everton."

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