Sir Alex Ferguson has backed referee Howard Webb over the two controversial decisions that marred United’s victory over Liverpool on Sunday.
United were awarded a penalty during the opening stages of the game after Daniel Agger appeared to trip Dimitar Berbatov.
When asked about the decision Ferguson said, “Dimitar says he was definitely clipped. The replay shows he slightly touched him, but the momentum is enough to bring the player down.”
Liverpool’s hopes of a comeback were hampered when captain Steven Gerrard was sent off. “I think it was two-footed,” Ferguson said of the challenge. “I don’t think there was any doubt. He was off the ground too and it was a reckless challenge. Steven Gerrard is not that type of player really, but I don’t think he left the referee with any option.”
Owen unsurprised at ‘Pool problems.
After helping Manchester United ease into the next round of the FA cup, former Liverpool striker Michael Owen claimed he is not surprised to see his old club in turmoil.
“I would say their position reflects where they are right now. They are in the middle of a transitional period and off the pitch, they have had a change of ownership.
“They are also very reliant on a couple of star players and if they are out injured, they have tended to struggle.”
He added, “From when I was there, everything has changed, barring two players. They even got rid of the doctors and the medical staff. Maybe there have not been enough Liverpool players over the last 10 years.”
Park: Utd will cope without me.
Manchester United’s Ji-Sung Park says he fully expects United to maintain their title challenge in his absence.
The versatile midfielder is currently away on international duty with South Korea for the upcoming Asian Cup but he believes the current league leaders were ‘on the right track’ when he left.
“Manchester United have played three (league) matches without me, so there will be no problems without me.
“I need to focus on the Asian Cup and only when I go back will I focus on my club team.”