Originally posted by Angry Boy
No team ever (fairly) beat Chelsea under Mourinho and Wenger's an ungracious barsteward at the best of times
but has anyone ever been as bad a loser as Fergie?
I'd like to think he'll be embarrased at his (probably whisky fuelled) rant when he wakes up this morning - mind you I doubt you'd notice any crimson blush through the alcohol inspired blo ...[text shortened]... st of a face of his.
A bit OTT alright, but in fairness, there were 6 identical fouls in the game, 5 outside the box: ALL given, 1 inside the box: NOT given. The referee's observer MUST take note of that. Also, I'm not sure Kuschak should have been sent off. Anderson was right there and Rooney was on the line. I didn't see the dirty play that Fergie was referring to. Ronaldo WAS consistently fouled, but as far as I'm concerned the ref generally called those (apart from the peno obviously), and booked 1 or two players for it.
But in the end of the day, Pompey's back 5 played out of their skins, they got a bit of luck, United wasted a couple of good chances, and when Ferdinand had to go in goal, it was all over. I thought Scholes should have gone off instead of Hargreaves. He looked shagged, and was fairly ineffectual.
Good game, and sometimes they go against you. That's football.
And BTW: I don't think any manager is immune from having a pop at a referee at times...
Benitez though believes the English game must get far tougher with defenders hell bent on kicking forwards. "What puzzles me is why people are talking all the time about Torres and when he plays, when they should surely be talking about how we can protect him when he plays," he said.
"There was lots of talk about how Torres coped so well with the kicking he received, but why aren't people saying that kicking was wrong?
"I'm surprised people aren't talking about the need to protect players of quality"
or how about this...
"“If you watch the replay, twice Obi Mikel was trying to kick Crouch and that is why Crouch lost his head,” said the Liverpool manager.
“If the referee had blown his whistle, he would have avoided the sending-off. Sometimes you must be a little bit quicker.
“That is the reason Crouch was upset. It could be a sending-off, yes, but I have seen more dangerous tackles in the last month, and sometimes they have been a yellow card and not even a card. It’s un believable.
“The timing is the key to me, because after this decision the game was finished.”
I could find similar quotes from any manager. Part and parcel of the game.