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Ferguson fears over Wembley pitch

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hit out at the quality of the pitch at Wembley and fears it could spoil the FA Cup semi-finals.

United won the Carling Cup at the national stadium last week on a bobbly surface that made passing difficult, with pundits noticing that players were unhappy.

"I hope the pitch is better," Ferguson said. "It should be better than that and you expect Wembley to be better than that."

He added: "For me it was so heavy and wet. If it's a good playing surface we'll look forward to it."

Before returning to Wembley, United's next hurdle in their march towards a quintuple is Inter Milan on Wednesday in the Champions League, with Ferguson sweating on the fitness of Rio Ferdinand and John O'Shea.

Ferdinand left Craven Cottage in a protective boot on his right foot after picking up an ankle injury and getting taken off at half-time.

"I just hope he can make Wednesday because he is such an important player," Ferguson said.

O'Shea picked up a knock and was replaced by Richard Eckersley just after the break.

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