Ferguson admits “Chelsea deserved the win”, but blames Luiz of theatrics
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson blamed David Luiz for Rafael da Silva’s red card at Old Trafford in Sunday’s night intense 1-0 defeat to Chelsea. The Scotsman claims David Luiz put pressure on referee Howard Webb throughout the game.
Rafael was given the marching orders in the 89th minute of the game for hacking out at Chelsea defender David Luiz. Sir Alex Ferguson accused David Luiz of theatrics and claims he elbowed his compatriot twice before getting knocked down near the corner flag.
“He [Rafael] was elbowed. He retaliated,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “That always happens, the player that retaliates gets the heavier penalty. It was quite clear Luiz has elbowed him twice. The referee has been bought by the fact Luiz has rolled about.
“The referee hasn't even seen it at all. He has gone with the fact Luiz has rolled around on the floor and that has convinced him it is a red card. You see that a lot with European, foreign players and South Americans.
“Certainly the refereeing decisions went against us. They surrounded the referee all day, four or five players all the time. I think that affected the referee.”
In the dying stages of the game Juan Mata took it upon himself to lead Chelsea to victory. The Spaniard took a curling shot from the left wing, which caught a bit of Phil Jones before going into the back of the net. Sir Alex Ferguson called the 87th minute strike “lucky”, but didn’t protest over not being a given a foul on Wayne Rooney moments before the goal.
“I don't think Wayne was fouled,” Sir Alex Ferguson continued. “But the referee was giving us nothing anyway. We didn't expect anything.”
In spite of all the criticism and blame game, Sir Alex Ferguson admitted Chelsea “deserved the win”. The Old Trafford boss believes his side lacked the “edge” which could see them through as victors.
“Chelsea deserved the win,” Sir Alex Ferguson added. “I can't make any excuses for our players in terms of performance. The final big effort was last week against Arsenal. Today, the edge to the game was off.”
The newly crowned Premier League champions didn’t take the defeat lightly. Sir Alex Ferguson was unable to pin point the areas which needed improvement, but he did urge his men to stay sharp.
Meanwhile, Chelsea cemented their hold on the third spot on the Premier League table. The London outfit is now one point above Arsenal, with a game in hand.