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Man Utd boss Ferguson: English clubs need better treatment for European competition

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says the English game's authorities do their clubs no favours in Europe.

Crucially, his side have virtually an entire week to prepare following that unexpected FA Cup third-round exit against Leeds last month.

"In terms of preparing for a European tie we are pleased to have a free weekend," said Ferguson.

"AC Milan are playing on Friday night. That is the kind of help European teams get from their countries. We don't get that here.

"By fortune we don't have a game on Saturday because we are out of the FA Cup and we are going to take full advantage of it.

"The players will have a couple of days off because they have worked hard and we will start again on Saturday."

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