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Alex Ferguson bemoans changing the FA Cup his Manchester United once ignored

by | 5th, May 2012

MANCHESTER United manger Sir Alex Ferguson is upset that Chelsea’s victory in the FA Cup final over Liverpool was moved to a 5:15 kick off rather than the usual 1500. (Others may bemoan the fact that the (yikes!) Budweiser FA Cup that used to mark the end of the English domestic football season is now shoe-horned between Premier League matches.

Says Ferguson:

“It’s absolutely ridiculous. They have changed the most prestigious cup competition in the world just to get an audience.”

Tsk!

Readers may recall how in 1999, Ferguson’s United the then Cup holders pulled out of the entire 2000 FA Cup. The FA wanted United to take part in the inaugural World Club Championships. Could United take on another Cup contest? The FA said United could ditch the FA Cup.

Martin Edwards, the United Chairman, wanted United to be parachuted into the FA Cup 4th Round. United should get a pass, he said. The other leading teams would enter the FA Cup in the third round. But United would

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