Ferguson admits Fulham could have had penalty

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Manchester United were fortunate not to concede a late penalty in last night’s 1-0 win over Fulham, The Guardian reports.

The reigning Premier League champions opened up a three-point gap over main title rivals Manchester City thanks to Wayne Rooney’s 21st league goal of the season. However, Michael Carrick tripped Danny Murphy in the box in the 89th minute, but referee Michael Oliver dismissed Fulham’s claims. Fulham boss Martin Jol claimed that Oliver lacked bravery to award the decision and Ferguson admits that United were lucky.

Ferguson said: “I think Michael (Carrick) has caught his heel. It wasn’t a stonewaller, but it could have been a penalty. Maybe he (the referee) was thinking about the one in the first half that we had. Certainly it was a claim, there’s no question about that. We made enough chances to finish the game off, but didn’t do it and nearly paid the penalty”.

Blackburn are the next team to face United, who are in good form and have caught up with once runaway leaders City. Ferguson takes his side to Ewood Park next Monday, a ground that holds fond memories for the champions. Wayne Rooney’s only goal won the title there last season and Ferguson will be looking to hold their three point lead over City, who host Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

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