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No. 50: Emre Can, Liverpool

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Ferguson questions "harebrained" play-off scheme

Sir Alex Ferguson feels the notion of a Premier League play-off system to allow clubs finishing outside the top four to compete for a Champions League place is "harebrained". League ponders play-off
Play-off could do more harm than good

It has been proposed that teams finishing fourth to seventh in the table could be entered into a play-off system to secure the Champions League place that currently goes to the team finishing fourth, giving clubs a greater chance of breaking up the 'big four' dominance and providing scope to generate extra income at the end of the season.

However, Arsene Wenger has highlighted the fact that the English league's fourth Champions League place is not guaranteed, while Roberto Mancini and Rafael Benitez feel it would unnecessarily increase fixtures for clubs already facing arduous campaigns. Ferguson, meanwhile, agrees with David Moyes that the team finishing highest deserves to be rewarded.

"There's always someone coming up with harebrained schemes from time to time," Ferguson said. "I don't know why people would want to change the format of the Premier League - it's very good.

"The product is good. It sells well all over the world. People want to watch English games on television. There's no real need to change. Okay, all teams in the Premier League would like to be in Europe but there's a way of doing that and it's to finish in the right position."

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