Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken of his discontent at some of the refereeing decisions made during Sunday’s 3-3 draw with Chelsea, The
Ferguson’s side were the benefit of a fortuitous penalty for their second goal with Danny Welbeck appearing to buy himself the penalty in a tangle of legs with Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Howard Webb came under criticism from Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, but it was assistant referee Darren Cann who Ferguson was most annoyed with.
The United boss firmly believed that his side should have had either a freekick or a penalty when Chelsea defender Gary Cahill fouled Welbeck on the edge of the box. If Cann had advised Webb with the decision, then Cahill would have been sent off because the United striker was in at goal. Ferguson also hinted at Cann’s happiness to give penalties at Old Trafford and was asking for his improvement.
Ferguson said: ‘They should’ve had a man sent off,” said Ferguson. “Danny Welbeck’s clear through, brought down. OK, it’s outside the box, nothing, no decision. That linesman, who’s given a penalty kick against us from 40 yards away last year against Liverpool, this year against Arsenal and he can’t see that? I don’t blame Howard Webb – he needed help in that situation and he didn’t get it. That assistant referee, who’s all too happy to flag at Old Trafford for penalty kicks, didn’t give them.’
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