Sir Alex Ferguson has hit out at the assistant referee after Clint Dempsey’s stoppage-time equalizer meant Manchester United had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Tottenham.
The Red Devils had led through Robin van Persie’s header, but they were pegged back by the American’s late strike, meaning their lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League has been cut to five points this weekend.
Ferguson was furious with the performance of the referee’s assistant, Simon Beck, believing his side should have had a throw-in in the build-up to the goal and that Wayne Rooney deserved a second-half penalty.
The United boss even recalled how the particular assistant had cost United a key game against Chelsea back in 2010.
“I think we should have had a throw-in down our side of the pitch but that linesman never gave us a thing all day,” Ferguson said to Sky Sports. "For me, it was a poor performance by him. He never saw the penalty kick for Wayne Rooney and some other decisions too.
“We remember him well from his time at the Chelsea game when Didier Drogba was three yards offside and he gave onside. I think he had a shocking game today, and I’m disappointed in his performance, I really am. I think he has had a bad game and we never got anything from that side of the pitch. We got a bad break.”
The manager did lay some of the blame with his side for losing a late goal and for failing to take opportunities to seal the victory as they were unable to make the most of opportunities on the counter-attack.
“We were 1-0 up with a minute to go and looking comfortable at that stage,” Ferguson said. “Tottenham worked their socks off and you’ve got to give them credit for that and I suppose you can’t deny them their point because they worked ever so hard for it. They just kept pumping the ball into the box and got their rewards for that."
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