Man Utd and Liverpool bosses Ferguson and Rodgers in verbal sparring over Suarez, Shelvey and penalties

Ahead of the meeting between Manchester United and Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday the respective managers of the clubs, Sir Alex Ferguson and Brendan Rodgers, have engaged in a round of verbal sparring over Luis Suarez and the propensity for decisions to go either for or against their clubs, the Guardian has reported.

Ferguson suggested after discussing Suarez’s controversial goal against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup – where the Uruguayan appeared to use his hand to control the ball before putting it past the goalkeeper – that controversy follows around the former Ajax striker – indeed, that Suarez is “laden” with it.

The United boss added that every manager picks and chooses the decisions about which to get annoyed, claiming that it is easy to “cherry-pick” debateable penalties and similar because of the speed of the modern game.

Rodgers replied that Ferguson was correct, and pointed to the penalty given to United when the sides met at Anfield earlier in the season, as well as the red card shown to Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in the same contest. United eventually ran out 2-1 winners.

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