Sunday 23 July 2017

Ferguson hits out at Torres

Alex Ferguson has accused Fernando Torres of attempting to get John O'Shea sent off and says his Manchester United should have beaten Liverpool "by a cricket score".

Steven Gerrard scored Liverpool's second from a free-kick awarded by referee Howard Webb following O'Shea's challenge on Torres on the edge of the penalty area. As the last man, O'Shea was lucky to escape with a yellow card, but Ferguson claimed Torres did his best to see O'Shea dismissed.

Ferguson said: "I've watched it. Definitely, Torres made a meal of it. There's no doubt he tried to get the player sent off.

"It was a game we absolutely dominated. At 2-0, it could have been a cricket score -- 2-2 was an absolute farce.

"I was saying to myself, 'It could've been 10', so when it looked like ending 2-2 it would have been a travesty of a scoreline, but it was a great result at the end.

"They had the momentum when it went to 2-2, but they never offered anything, did they? They had to depend on decisions from the linesman to get back into the game.

"The build-up to these games is such that, if one doesn't win, it's a catastrophe. For Liverpool, this is a catastrophe."

Irish Independent

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