Sir Alex Ferguson blames match officials for Manchester Unitedís defeat
Sir Alex Ferguson was furious at match officials following Tottenham Hotspur’s first victory at Old Trafford in 23 years. The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson vented his anger at match officials for cutting out on stoppage time at the end of the game.
Tottenham Hotspur drew first blood 90 seconds after the game started with Jan Vertonghen scoring the goal. Gareth Bale doubled Tottenham Hotspur’s lead near the half hour mark. The score line remained at 2-0 at half time.
Manchester United broke into the second half with all of their guns firing. Their advancements soon bore fruit with Nani scoring on a cross from Wayne Rooney. Tottenham Hotspur replied just a minute later with Clint Dempsey scoring his first goal for the club. Manchester United also came up with a goal a minute after the game resumed with Shinji Kagawa placing the ball in the back of the net.
In spite of Manchester United’s vigorous attempts at scoring more goals the score line remained at 3-2 till the end of the game. This was Tottenham Hotspur’s first victory at Old Trafford since 1989.
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United could have won the match in stoppage time had the match officials been fair in giving proper stoppage time. Sir Alex labelled their decision as “absolutely ridiculous” in an interview to BBC Sport following the game.
“The biggest insult is the wasted time,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “They gave four minutes – it’s an absolute insult. It’s absolutely ridiculous, it’s denying you the proper chance to win a football match.”
In spite of his claims about winning the match, Sir Alex Ferguson admitted Manchester United was unable to perform at its best against Tottenham Hotspur. Nonetheless, the Scotsman praised his sides fighting spirit in the second half.
“I think the most important thing was the first half, we didn’t start well,” Sir Alex Ferguson continued. “[It was] lackadaisical losing a goal after two minutes and giving ourselves an uphill fight.
“In the second half we were terrific, it was a great performance. I think we were unlucky not to win the match even.
“We lost an early goal against Fulham but we managed to claw that back. Today we just didn’t have the breaks to do that. I can only say that I’m happy we were able to see the real Manchester United in the second half.
“It’s disappointing for us tonight because our record against Tottenham at home has been fantastic – they hadn’t beaten us since 1989. The first half was disappointing, second half a different game.”