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The fourth team in the Premier League, Aston Villa, take on the fourth team in the German Bundesliga, Hamburg, in the UEFA Cup this Wednesday.

Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken out against the idea of a 39th Premier League game.

The controversial scheme whereby clubs would play an additional match overseas each season, was met with widespread opposition earlier this year, but recently the Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, claimed that the idea was gaining currency at home and abroad.

But Ferguson boss believes the fixture would impact on what is already a heavily congested schedule for United.

“I don’t think there will ever be a 39th game and I don’t believe there should be,” said Ferguson.

“I certainly am not in favour of it.

“You look at our domestic programme allied to our cup competitions. It is impossible.”

The fourth team in the Premier League, Aston Villa, take on the fourth team in the German Bundesliga, Hamburg, in the UEFA Cup this Wednesday.

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