Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has responded to comments made by Patrick Vieira by saying bad decisions even themselves out over the season.
The Old Trafford boss disagreed with Manchester City’s football development executive’s assertion that bigger teams across Europe, such as the Red Devils, get more favourable decisions from referees.
This debate has come in the wake of United’s 1-0 win over Fulham at Old Trafford on Monday, where the visitors should have had a late penalty, but Ferguson felt that decisions such as those get evened out over the course of a season.
“Every club gets breaks here and there, you get good ones and bad ones. It evens itself out over the season, that will never change,” Sky Sports quoted him as saying.
While admitting that the Cottagers should probably have been awarded the spot kick, the Scot felt that the referee did not have as good a view as many believed he did.
Ferguson also went back to a number of other decisions where his side had been the recipients of poor officiating and suffered for it.
“From the referee's position, I can see why he didn't give a penalty when Danny Murphy was brought down,” he explained.
“The ball moved to the angle as Michael Carrick challenged him. From that position, it wasn't clear.
“It was a good claim but City could have had a penalty against them at Stoke for a foul by Gareth Barry.”
The United tactician did not stop with just poor penalty decisions, but also reminded the Citizens of other decisions that had gone on their favour this season.
“We had a terrible decision earlier this season when Newcastle got a penalty,” he added, referring to the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford earlier this season
“Tottenham could claim the same when Mario Balotelli wasn't sent off and ended up scoring the winning goal. You could go through millions of things like that.”
United are three points clear of their rivals at the top of the table and are next in action on Monday night at Blackburn Rovers.