Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson: Decisions even themselves out

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson shrugs off the controversy surrounding the Red Devil's win over Fulham

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
sir alex ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson's side are three points ahead of Manchester City Photo: The Sport Review

sir alex ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has played down the significance of the controversy that surrounded Manchester United’s narrow victory over Fulham on Monday after the visitors appeared to be denied a late penalty at Old Trafford.

With United leading thanks to Wayne Rooney’s opener, substitute Danny Murphy was tripped by Michael Carrick in the box in the 87th minute – but referee Michael Oliver waved away the Cottagers’ protests.

The decision was brought back into the spotlight after Manchester City executive Patrick Vieira suggested big clubs such United often get key decisions from officials on Wednesday.

But speaking at his weekly media briefing, Ferguson shrugged off the furore and reiterated his belief that decisions even themselves over the course of the season.

“It was an interesting game on Monday night,” said the United boss. “It showed how teams are determined to stick to their job and defend well.

“From the referee’s position I can see why the Murphy penalty wasn’t given because the ball moved at an angle. We could have had a penalty ourselves.

“The ball moved to the angle as Michael Carrick challenged him. From that position, it wasn’t clear. It was a good claim but City could have had a penalty against them at Stoke for a foul by Gareth Barry.

“Every club gets breaks here and there, you get good ones and bad ones. It evens itself out over the season, that will never change.

“We’ve had some terrible decisions at Old Trafford – look at the Newcastle game. Most managers believe the breaks even themselves out.

“Maybe smaller clubs feel that [decisions go against them when they play big clubs] but someone said some years ago that we get lots of penalties. It is only averaging out at three a year.

“You can’t say that is a lot when you are attacking teams all the time.”

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Wimbledon 2018
The Sport Review
Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic wins his fourth against Anderson – but No13 is extra special
The Sport Review
10 goalkeepers Liverpool FC could sign in summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Arsenal transfers: 10 targets Gunners could sign for defence in summer
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
10 players Chelsea could sign in the 2018 summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Rio Ferdinand hails Man United star after France World Cup win
The Sport Review
Eden Hazard replies directly to FC Barcelona transfer talk
The Sport Review
Man United legend Roy Keane sends message to Paul Pogba