Euro 2012 and London 2012 Should Not Mix, Says Sir Alex Ferguson

If players competed in both tournaments, would it just wear everyone down?

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

Following rumours that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney may be fronting Team GB in the London 2012 Olympics, Man U boss Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken out saying that he does not see how it is possible for players to compete in both tournaments.

Following the announcement of Stuart Pearce as the Olympic squads’ manager, the Football Association neither confirmed nor denied the possibility of players from both tournaments competing, with Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt stating that he “would not stand in the way of any player who wants to be involved”.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson is less enthusiastic about the “doubling up” of players, saying: "This has been spurred by Argentina and Nigeria sending out their strongest teams last time. That has given the BOA an opening. But our league is different.

“Players need their rest and time to recover. I do not see how [doubling up] is possible I am sure what I am saying won't make any difference but it is a fact."

Both Rooney and Phil Jones have been listed as potential candidates for the London Olympic Games, with the former expected to play following his three-match ban from all of the national squad’s qualifying games in Poland.

Club England managing director echoed Andy Hunt’s comments, stating: “We're not going to say no one who goes to the Euros could actually go to the Olympics.

"Any of the situations would have to be managed sensitively and sensibly."

Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping to lead Manchester United to a derby victory against Manchester City this Saturday, with the Blues currently sitting at the top of the league table, 2 points ahead of their rivals. "I have always accepted a challenge” Said the United boss, “it has happened time and time again. They are top of the league. We have to do something about it."

However, City defender Micah Richards has claimed that Ferguson and his squad are “frightened” of Mancini’s powerful new squad. "United now know, much as they won't say it, that we are a genuine threat to them.” He said ahead of the game. "If you speak to Mancini he wants to go there and win. People talked about us last season being boring and negative, but if you watch us now we are completely the opposite."