United's Alex Ferguson slams Newcastle's Alan Pardew over referee remarks

Barack Obama only person in world who hasn't been asked about incident, scoffs United manager

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 December, 2012, 3:35am


Alex Ferguson has criticised Newcastle manager Alan Pardew for his claims that the Manchester United manager should have been sent off after a verbal exchange with referee Mike Dean during their clash on Wednesday.

The United manager called Dean over just before the beginning of the second-half of the 4-3 encounter at Old Trafford to argue over a decision in the opening period and he also had words with an assistant referee and fourth official Neil Swarbrick.

Ferguson was unhappy that Dean overruled his assistant referee, Jake Collin, who flagged Papiss Cisse offside when Jonny Evans turned in an own goal and the goal was given.

The Reds manager was criticised in the media for his outburst, but because Dean has opted not to include the incident in his referee's report it means Ferguson will escape any punishment from the Football Association.

Pardew claimed on Thursday that Ferguson should have been sent to the stands, but the United manager responded angrily yesterday.

Ferguson also joked that the only man who has not been asked for his opinion is the American president, Barack Obama, but his defence was serious.

He said: "The problem for me and Manchester United is that the profile of the club is huge.

"Alan Pardew has come out and criticised me. Alan Pardew is the worst at haranguing referees - his whole staff every game. He was at it for the whole game on Wednesday.

"He shoves the linesman and laughs about it and he has the cheek to criticise me. It is unbelievable. He forgets the help I gave him by the way.

"The press have a good field day. They have addressed every possible angle, the only one they have not asked is Barack Obama - he is too busy.

"It's unfortunate that I carry that, because I'm the manager of the biggest club in the world. I'm not like Newcastle - a wee club in the northeast.

"That is the facts of life. I was demonstrative, but I was not out of order. That has been overplayed by the press. You've all had a field day.

"Some managers shove linesman on the pitch and make a joke of it. I'm not making a joke of this. I think it should have been disallowed, I really do."

Ferguson has also defended his actions of encroaching onto the pitch and stands by his assessment of the incident - but did not criticise Dean.

"I thought the first hand was on Evans from Cisse. The rule book says that if an opponent is interfering with the defender then he is offside; it says it clearly in the rule book.

"The interpretation is from Mike Dean is that he was not interfering, I think he was. I think that is reasonable. I thought Mike Dean handled it well. He is an experienced referee, mature.

"There was no ranting and raving from me. I was demonstrative, but then I am always demonstrative - everyone knows that. I'm an emotional guy.

"What happened was that Dean was walking towards the centre circle and I came up to the touchline and he came towards me, and I went towards him. I was not on the pitch for more than three or four yards. Then we came off together."

Ferguson's side face West Brom today and Ferguson revealed it was too early to reveal full injury news just two days on from the Wednesday game.

But he expects veteran midfielders Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs to miss out with Phil Jones also a doubt.

Meanwhile, United striker Javier Hernandez is hoping his goal-scoring heroics in mid-week will earn him a place in the side.

The forward scored his sixth league goal of the campaign in just his fourth Premier League start this season to earn United three points in the 4-3 win.

Hernandez said: "You can ask all the players in the world and they will tell you they want to start every game. But when you are at the biggest club in the world, you have competition.

"You have to be aware as well, there are five strikers here who want to be part of the game. The only thing I need to do is prove I am ready, in one minute or 90 minutes."

Centre-back Nemanja Vidic was rested against Newcastle and is set to return as United look to shore up a leaky defence.

Ferguson's men have conceded 28 goals this term - just five short of the total for the whole of last season - but still have a seven-point advantage at the top.