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Fergie: Football set for financial meltdown

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is worried escalating transfer fees could signal a business-style financial collapse in the football world.

"There is an awful lot of expenditure and you say to yourself, 'Where is it going to end?'," Ferguson told The Guardian.

"This is exactly what was happening in the business world two years ago. There were warning signs and everyone knew there were, yet they carried on because it was so easy to access loans.

"In the football world the warning signs are there but nobody seems to be bothering about it.

"You wonder where it's going to end and what is going to happen if one major club were to... collapse."

The Scot seemed to have in mind clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester City, who spent huge sums on players in the transfer window with the Spanish side paying a world record £80 million for United winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ferguson said vast expenditure does not always equal automatic success.

"It is not easy winning things, definitely not easy, and they will soon find out," he said.

United, second in the Premier League two points behind Chelsea, play Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford on Saturday.
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