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Man Utd boss Ferguson bans journos over injury reports

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is furious their injury concerns are making it to the media.

The Mail on Sunday says two journalists have been banned by United for revealing that Rio Ferdinand would miss the game against Everton and he is angry at England manager Roy Hodgson for disclosing that winger Ashley Young will miss the match.

"Why should you let anyone know what your team is? It's straightforward," said Ferguson. "We've been put at a disadvantage preparing for Southampton. We won't be giving them (the Football Association) any information again, that is for sure.

"I never name my team until the day of the game now. If players know the team, they tell their agent, who might have another player on the other team. It's too easy to get out.

"When I first came to United, I named my team on a Friday. We worked on playing three centre-backs against Everton. On the day of the game, Graeme Hogg was in the papers saying, 'How we are going to beat Everton'. I couldn't believe it!"

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