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Ferguson tells Torres: Red card was your own fault

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says Fernando Torres should take the blame for the red card the Chelsea striker received in the weekend encounter between the two sides at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea ended the game with only nine players following the dismissals of Torres and Branislav Ivanovic, while Manchester United edged to a 3-2 victory to inflict a first league defeat of the season on Roberto di Matteo's side.

Torres saw red in controversial circumstances, with the Chelsea star receiving a second yellow card from referee Mark Clattenburg, after the Spaniard was deemed to have divided as a result of a incident involving Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.

Replays appeared to show Evans get a touch on the shin of Torres, which resulted in the forward falling to the ground, but Ferguson does not believe it was hefty enough to send the Chelsea man tumbling.

Torres, then, can only be blamed for his own dismissal - says Ferguson - having forgone the opportunity to run through on goal in order to draw a foul from Evans.

"I thought he went down. I think Jonny may have just caught him a little bit," Ferguson told Sky Sports. "But you could carry on running, which he could have done, but he chose to go down.

"He could have carried on and scored, that's what I can't understand. And he's been already booked, so it's his own fault."

Evans, meanwhile, says Clattenburg got the decision spot on.

"I didn't feel like it was enough to bring him down," explained the Manchester United centre-back.

"He probably realised he wasn't getting the ball and I think the referee's made the right decision in sending him off."

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