Right from the start of what was to be a feisty showcase between two old rivals, both Manchester United and Arsenal seemed ready to battle.

However, the Gunners were more than willing to fire in a couple of fully committed challenges and were fairly physical throughout the match. 

The Red Devils had their fair share of tough tackles dished out as well but Sir Alex claims he is not happy with how the referee handled his players.

Speaking after the game Sir Alex Ferguson criticized referee Phil Dowd after five of his Manchester United players received a yellow card.

Ferguson told Sky Sports after the match: "Arsenal set off at a fantastic pace, very aggressive and a lot of tackles," Ferguson told Sky Sports after the match

"The referee just could not keep up at that point. When we had a foul, he booked us straight away. We had five players booked.

"We have got probably the best disciplinary record in the country. For Manchester United to have five players booked, I do not think that is right."

For anyone who was watching that match, it was a tad bit bewildering why the referee was so liberal with his cards so early in the game. That would have dampened the play of the game, as players would not have been able to play to their full potential knowing they have already been cautioned.

Perhaps the referee should have warned players a couple of times before brandishing any cards. Or maybe he just wanted to stamp his authority in the match early so as to avoid any unwanted scenes later on.

What Sir Alex says does have a hint of truth in it, the referee was not always consistent with his decision-making when it came to the Arsenal players and that would have definitely upset the manager and fans. Both teams did their fair share of tough tackling but United seemed to come up short changed in this match.

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