Fergie Calls For Seven Substitutes

Last updated : 09 November 2007 By editor

Fergie, "Aside from the long term absentees of Paul Scholes, Ji-sung Park and Mikael Silvestre, I had the strongest squad I've had all season at Arsenal which was great, but I still had to tell Darren Fletcher he wasn't in the 16. That was a real kick in the teeth for the boy especially as he'd been absolutely fantastic in Kyiv ten days before that. He deserved to be part of the squad and that decision did not sit well with me.

"When you look at the profile of the Premier League and the money available there should be seven substitutes. Nowadays, every club in the Premier League have big squads of more than 16 players. In our case, we have around 25. We've tried to get this changed for some years now and I believe if the coaches were to make the decision then it would pass."