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Veteran boss insists that his players and staff would benefit with the introduction of a European-style mid-season break, as side prepare for Champions League semi-final

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has called for the introduction of a winter break in England.

The Red Devils are set to meet Schalke in the semi-finals of the Champions League, with the German side having had a mid-season interval.

The Scot insists that a break would give his team a chance to recoup from the wear and tear of the season, while giving his own staff a much-needed break.

"I have been saying this for years," Ferguson told radio station Sirius XM.

"It is not just to give the players a rest. It is to get rid of all the little injuries they carry.

"It would also freshen everyone up mentally, including my staff because they could do with that break as well.

"But somehow they just will not listen to the people who really matter in the game - supporters, players, staff and coaches.

"That's when maybe you think TV has too much power."

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