Man Utd furious with Premiership fixtures

Manchester United are furious with the new Premiership fixtures list.

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United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was critical of the list last season with away games planned after some key Champions League trips.

But now he has away games after all SIX of the club's Champions League first group matches, while nearest rivals Chelsea and Liverpool have four at home.

Arsene Wenger will be almost as unhappy as Fergie as his Arsenal side have five away dates.

Reds legend Paddy Crerand branded the Premier league a disgrace last night and accused them of denying United help in defending their Champions League crown.

He rapped: "Every other country seems to do everything to help their teams in Europe when it comes to domestic fixtures.

''But not here - and it is a disgrace.

"United are representing this country abroad in the biggest club tournament in the world, yet the fixture list works against them."

He added: "The draw can have you in some far-flung part of Eastern Europe, not getting home until 4am on Thursday morning. Then you have to prepare for an away trip in the Premier League. It's all wrong."

Crerand believes teams like United have to become totally reliant on their players staying fit if they are to compete on domestic and European fronts with the fixtures the way they are.

He declared: "Two seasons ago it really affected the club.

"We lost away to Milan because of injuries and then were faced with a derby against Manchester City on the Saturday. It took a lot of juggling to get through that game and eventually win the title."

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