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SIR Alex Ferguson has called on the Premier League to introduce new rules regarding the size of dressing rooms.

While the Manchester United manager loves the atmosphere at Craven Cottage, he is not very happy about the facilities Fulham provide.

In particular, he believes the dressing rooms are too cramped for the modern era, in which clubs are now allowed to name seven substitutes and often have a fairly substantial back-up team.

Goodison Park and Fratton Park also do not fit the bill as far as Ferguson is concerned.

"With all the money in the Premier League, some grounds should be better," Ferguson told Inside United.

"There should be a minimum standard of size of dressing room, especially now you have more players on your bench and an increased staff.

"You have requirements for stadiums to be eligible for certain divisions, so the quality of the dressing room should be part of that.

"Everton's are so narrow it is unbelievable. Portsmouth's away dressing room is not great and the one at Craven Cottage is smaller than my office.

"It is a very traditional stadium and one of my favourite away grounds, but when you have 18 players stripping down, plus coaches, physios and kit men, it is ridiculous really."

Unsurprisingly, Old Trafford gets Ferguson's seal of approval and he will have no complaints at the facilities on offer at the Emirates Stadium next week as United chase a place against either Chelsea or Barcelona in the Champions League final.

"There is plenty of room in the dressing rooms at Old Trafford and, of the away grounds, Arsenal's are the best by far," he said.

Fergie's dressing room crusade - Manchester United - Football - Sport - Manchester Evening News

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