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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his disappointment with the Premier League fixture list after it emerged that his side will be expected to play half of their fixtures away from home.
With trips to Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool forming part of the season’s fixtures, Ferguson has vented his anger at other sides being a handed a home advantage for 50% of the games.
“Over the course of the season it will work out that one in two of the games we play in the league will be away from home,” he fumed.
“It’s something the FA should take a look at, or we could be in a situation like last year where a side that I’m not the manager of wins the league.”
Ferguson has complained about the Premier League fixture list in the past. He was unhappy in the 2008-2009, 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 seasons, as well as all the seasons before, after United were forced to play all 38 games against teams that started the match with same number of players.
He also expressed his annoyance that they had to play each of the previous season’s top nine sides.
“When you’re playing teams that have a chance of beating you then there’s always the chance you could get beat,” he explained.
“I don’t thinks it’s fair that we should be expected to take that chance.”
He has also revealed his frustration at the fixtures for the 2013-2014 season that are due to be announced in a years time.
“I find it incredible that not only will we be expected to participate in games, but we will have to win them in order to pick up 3 points,” he blasted.
“They’ll be picking the referees for us next.”
I appreciate this is a tongue-in-cheek thread but I do want to point something out which has left me doubting the fairness of the fixture list when comparing it to the other teams in the Champions league. After every CL group game, we face 5 tricky AWAY games. Yet Chelsea and City have 5 HOME games. This is not the first time Utd have been 'stitched up' in this fashion.
This from The Guardian:
"The Old Trafford club, runners-up to champions Manchester City last season, appear to be the big losers among England’s Champions League quartet with City and European champions Chelsea both handed five home games immediately after continental fixtures, with Arsenal due to play three home and three away fixtures following group stage outings.
United, who exited the Champions League at the group stage last season despite having home games after every group fixture, must travel to Liverpool, Newcastle, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Manchester City after European games in the opening half of the season. "
Whole article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/premier-league/9339694/Premier-League-fixtures-201213-Manchester-United-face-testing-away-trips-after-Champions-League-matches.html
Although I am not conceeding the league or trying to put blame on poor results ahead of time, I do think it's a little unfair that Utd have 5 away games after CL games.
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"Although I am not conceeding the league or trying to put blame on poor results ahead of time, I do think it's a little unfair that Utd have 5 away games after CL games. "
Err...would it have been fairer if Utd have 5 away games BEFORE CL games? or maybe 2 before and 3 after? How about 3 before and 2 after?
Is there a combination that would be considered fair?
Would it be fair for the other 16 teams who are not in the CL to tinker with the fixture list to make life more comfortable for the 4 CL teams?
"United, who exited the Champions League at the group stage last season despite having home games after every group fixture, must travel to Liverpool, Newcastle, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Manchester City after European games in the opening half of the season. ""
The above paragraph blew away your conspiracy theory against manUre. In the last 3-4 seasons, arsenal have been scheduled to play away at manUre first, it's easy to argued that Arsenal are being disadvantaged (or to use your words, stitched up) by fixtures list panel by being drawn away at manUre first.
manUre were handed 5 home games after their midweek CL matches last season, the most amongst the quartet and still failed miserably to get out of the weakest group. What does that tell you?