• United manager unhappy with presence of agents
• Ferguson says United have a job to do at QPR on Saturday
Sir Alex Ferguson believes the individual fees paid to agents should be made public to show the "ridiculous" amounts they can receive.
Ferguson's former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, used his Mail on Sunday column last week to call for an independent inquiry into the role of agents and for transparency regarding payments from the players they represent.
Ferguson said: "I think most clubs have to make it transparent. Individually? I don't know how we could apply that. I don't see it doing any harm. It might highlight to the public how ridiculous it can be for some agents to make the money they do. But I don't think that will ever change. Once there's a transfer window, agents will make money. They are there and they are not going away I'm afraid. We'd like to see them go away but that won't happen."
United travel to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday conscious that victory will stretch their lead over Manchester City to 15 points as Roberto Mancini's side do not host Chelsea until Sunday.
QPR are bottom and seven points off 17th spot, and Ferguson is unsure if Harry Redknapp's team will be able to escape relegation, and the Scot suggested the club should have appointed him sooner than late November. "It might have helped them if he'd gone there a bit earlier," said Ferguson. "But they are where they are and it's not easy down at the bottom of the league and Harry would be the first to admit that. But with his experience and his ability to judge players then he will have a better chance than most in that situation. For me, we're going down there hoping to win because that's what our job is."
QPR have spent heavily to try and stay in the Premier League. Ferguson understands why any club would want to avoid the drop due to the financial implications of playing in the Championship.
The Scot said: "Forget the TV deal [worth at least £3bn over the next three years], you are seeing that dropping into the Championship – you get the parachute payments which are terrific and can benefit – but the players contracts is where the issue lies. Some will be on very good contracts in the Premier League and dropping into the Championship – clubs have to pay their contracts. The only place you want to be is the Premier League and that's reflected in QPR spending the money they have done and other clubs also."
United host Real in the second leg of the Champions League last-16 in two weeks with the tie poised at 1-1 following the opening match at the Bernabéu. With Milan beating Barcelona 2-0 at San Siro on Wednesday evening Ferguson believes there are now many clubs with a chance of winning the trophy this year.
"It's a very open competition," he said. "I fancied Milan – they've played Barça quite a lot of times and never been steamrollered. They've all been tight games. I look at the AC Milan team now and they're all young lads apart from [Massimo] Ambrosini [who is 35]. I thought they'd do well.
"Bayern have always had capable and competent teams anyway. I thought last year they should have won the final. They had a lot of chances. They lost on pens to Chelsea. I think the dark horse is definitely Dortmund. Their European form has been good. I don't [think] they are paying too much attention to the league. You've got the two Spanish teams, Bayern, Dortmund and Milan. It's a really tough competition this year.
"They'll be exciting games. If we qualify against Madrid we will definitely come into the same bracket."