Man Utd boss Ferguson complains about referee, claims the “better team” lost
Sergio Aguero came back to haunt Manchester United as Manchester City defeated their archrivals 2-1 at Old Trafford on Monday. Meanwhile, the Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson proved to be a sore a loser once again.
The Scotsman lambasted against the match referee for allowing Manchester City’s first goal. Sir Alex Ferguson believes match referee Mike Dean made a wrong call by allowing Manchester City James Milner’s 51st minute strike, which came before Vincent Kompany’s own goal and Sergio Aguero’s winner.
The Manchester United manager claims Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez was in an offside position and was obstructing the vision of goalkeeper David de Gea.
“The first goal, certainly Tevez is interfering with play. But the linesman on the other side?” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “There is no way he was giving that. It was disappointing as he was clearly in the road of the goalkeeper. If that is not interference then I don't know what is.”
Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side was the “better team” in the second-half, but he was fazed by his side’s abysmal defending. The gaffer believes both of Manchester City’s goals could have been stopped had his defender been on their toes.
“In the second half we were the better team,” Sir Alex Ferguson continued. “We have to look at ourselves in terms of the goals we lost, we know Aguero is a fantastic finisher, that is what they brought him on for. We gave him a lot of room for the goal.”
Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie seemed to be out of touch, yet Sir Alex Ferguson praised them so their efforts. The Manchester United manager reserved special praise for Phil Jones, who moved into defense due to the absence of Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling.
“There was a lot of plus sides and evidence our form is good. Robin van Persie was fantastic, almost 90 minutes for Wayne Rooney will bring him on again after missing a couple of games,” Sir Alex Ferguson continued.
“Phil Jones was magnificent. He's only played two games at centre-back this season and that tells you what a good player he is, at 21 years of age he is a man. He was fantastic.”
Manchester United are scheduled to battle against Stoke City next, but they will be without injured Ashley goal for the Sunday game.
“The more important thing is trying to get one of the centre-backs ready. That will be important,” Sir Alex Ferguson added.