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
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Sir Alex Ferguson's side are three points ahead of Manchester City Photo: The Sport Review

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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.”

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