Man United 1 Man City 2: Tevez was interfering with play, insists Sir Alex
Man United 1 Man City 2: Sir Alex Ferguson says visitors' opener shouldn't have stood because Carlos Tevez was offside
Sir Alex Ferguson felt Manchester City’s opener should not have stood because Carlos Tevez was interfering with play in an offside position after the visitors stalled Manchester United’s title charge.
City took the lead at Old Trafford in the 51st minute when James Milner’s low deflected shot from just outside the box flew past David De Gea.
Tevez was standing in an offside position when the opener was scored but the officials did not feel he was active, despite Ferguson’s protests to the contrary.
“For the first goal, certainly Tevez is interfering with play,” Ferguson told Sky Sports. “But the linesman on that side, no way was he giving it.
“He’s clearly in the road of the goalkeeper, if that’s not interference I don’t know what is.”
United drew level eight minutes after the opener when Vincent Kompany inadvertently directed Robin van Persie’s free-kick past Joe Hart.
But substitute Sergio Aguero had the final say when he powered across the penalty area and fired a shot into the roof of De Gea’s net.
The win helped City close the gap on United back to 12 points with seven games left to play – but Ferguson felt his side were unlucky to lose a closely-fought contest.
“It was a very tense and competitive game between two of the best teams in the country,” continued the Manchester United manager.
“The opening period was end-to-end but nothing quite happened. We were dangerous a few times on the counter-attack and could have done better.
“I thought we were the better team in the second half, we were unlucky to lose.
“We must look at ourselves in terms of the goals we’ve lost. We know Aguero is a fantastic finisher, that’s what they brought them on four, but we gave him a lot of room.
“I was pleased with the performance in the second half – we did really well to come back from a goal down.
“It’s not a bad day for us in terms of performance level. You don’t want to lose derby game but we’re OK.”