Thursday 22 February 2018

Reds' boss cries foul as late penalty decision goes against Owen

Hewas unhappy about John Terry's winner at Stamford Bridge in November 2009; he claimed Didier Drogba was offside before he scored the decisive goal in Chelsea's 2-1 victory at Old Trafford last April; and he incurred the five-game ban for questioning the integrity of Atkinson after he failed to dismiss Chelsea's David Luiz in the Blues' 2-1 victory in March.

One oversight, however, is a blatant penalty that should have gone Chelsea's way when Ramires was fouled by Patrice Evra in last month's Champions League quarter-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.

The United manager was disgruntled his team had not been awarded a late penalty yesterday when Michael Owen was caught by Gael Clichy, but he played down the blatant handball in the first half by Nemanja Vidic that was also missed by the match officials.

"I've seen the two incidents. The first one was a definite flick of the hand from Vidic but it's very difficult to see that one," Ferguson said.


"But we all had a clear view of the second one. It was a clear penalty kick. We're not going to get decisions like that in a major game. They are too big a game. We don't seem to get these decisions.

"It balances out in that respect but I think it was difficult to see that one (Vidic's handball) -- (Robin) Van Persie was the only one who complained. But the one at the end, Clichy knew, he put his hands up in horror."

Aaron Ramsey decided the match when he applied a simple finish to a flowing counter-attack in the 56th minute, with his first goal for Arsenal since his leg was broken in two places in February 2010 by Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: "I am very happy for Ramsey, when you think his incident happened 14 months ago and only now he looks just to be back to his best."

Van Persie rubbed salt in United's wounds by questioning their desire. "In the end I think we played better. We wanted it more. They played just on the counter-attack so in the end, I think, a fair result," he said.

Arsenal were without captain Cesc Fabregas, who was ruled out with a thigh injury he had picked up during a training session on Saturday. In addition, Samir Nasri, with a hamstring injury, did not return for the second half.

Wenger said: "Samir has a small hamstring problem, Cesc has a kick on his thigh that disrupted some fibres. We will know on Tuesday if he can practise again. Cesc has a chance to play on Sunday." (© Independent News Service)

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