Ferguson hits out at Torres
Published 20/09/2010 | 05:00
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."