Man Utd 1 Fulham 0: They should have had a penalty, admits Sir Alex

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson concedes Michael Carrick fouled Fulham's Danny Murphy late on at Old Trafford

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Premier League, 26 March 2012, Old Trafford
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Sir Alex Ferguson admitted Fulham were denied a late penalty after Wayne Rooney’s first-half strike sent Manchester United three points clear at the top of the table.

Rooney fired the home side ahead three minutes before half-time, turning home Jonny Evans’ cutback to net his 29th goal of the season.

With United unable to build on their lead after the break thanks to a resilient defensive display by the visitors, substitute Danny Murphy was tripped by Michael Carrick in the box in the 87th minute – but referee Michael Oliver waved away the Cottagers’ protests.

“I think they had a claim [for a penalty], no doubt,” said Ferguson after the game. “We had a claim for a penalty in the first half when there was a clear hand ball.

“Maybe the referee was thinking about that. Michael Carrick has caught Danny Murphy’s heel.”

Fulham boss Martin Jol felt it would have been a “brave” decision by the 27-year-old official, but maintained that a spot-kick would have been the right call.

“I thought it was a difficult decision,” Jol told Sky Sports. “I think if he had given the penalty he would have had to send Michael Carrick off.

“I think everyone in the stadium expected a penalty to be honest. You have to be brave to give a penalty away at Manchester United.”

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