Man Utd boss Ferguson slams Champions League place for Cup winners

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has slammed UEFA president Michel Platini's plans to award a Champions League place to Cup winners.

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"I don't agree with it, the Champions League is for what you do in the league," Ferguson said. "You can win the FA Cup, like Chelsea did last season, playing nobody up until the final. Or the semi-final at least. Does that warrant entry into the Champions League?

"We played Millwall in a final three years ago, and what a game that was for us. No disrespect to Millwall but I don't think a final like that should have Champions League qualification riding on it. It's totally ridiculous. Players who have battled through 38 league games don't deserve to see that. This is a tough league, and it will be tougher than ever this year.

"In fairness to Uefa they do normally listen to clubs and club managers' comments before making a decision, and there's a European coaches meeting next week. I'm sure coaches will be making their opinions known, and in my personal opinion this idea is absolutely ridiculous."

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