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Media Firing At Fergie, Not At His Players

Wow. Fergie conjured one hell of a storm after his comments on Wiley on Saturday. The United boss declared that the referee hadn't been fit enough for the game and implied that English refs compare unfavourably to their foreign counterparts in terms of fitness.

Now you may call this childish, petty or unjust (Jeff Winter apparently believes Fergie is a bully) but Sir Alex cares only about one thing: that it worked. Newspaper columns are full about Fergie and his bullying, his attacks on referees, his rant at fourth official Mike Dean - but not a word about how dreadfully poor we were.

Those who are fed up with the hype about Fergie's alleged 'mind games' might argue that it wasn't any concerted comment, just the red cloud that descended on his mind after seeing our below-par performance made him say that. I don't want to side with either party but he must be pretty pleased.

After all, whenever United play badly, you can expect millions of articles saying our players are overrated, that we have plenty of problems, that the squad is weak and why haven't we bought Lionel Messi and Kaka (in February 2008, Guardian's Paul Doyle memorably predicted that 'United won't win a single trophy' after a somewhat laboured display against Lyon...). Not this time: the papers do not salivate on how poor Rooney was, do not tell us that Nani was dreadful - what they do tell is that our manager unjustly attacked a referee.

Who, by the way, had a real stinker as I have written but it doesn't really matter. What matters is that the boss must be pretty pleased that his players are not lambasted in the press after such a poor performance.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 6 2009

Time: 10:33AM

Your Comments

Yes agreed, he deflected from his teams poor performance and did it in a spectacular way that completely went out of the window.
Buzz Lightyear
Everybody has walked straight into it, especially rival fans.
NotoriousRedDevil
Walked straight into it? I have commented on how dreadful your team looked against Sunderland, but also how disgraceful Fergie's comments towards the referee were. So rather than patting yourselves on the back about how clever you really are (not), I'd start worrying about how many points you are going to drop against the likes of Sunderland & Burnley, how much of a fine and/or touchline ban Fergie will get, and whether or not the Glazers have a pot to ***** in come the January window, as it's clear you need reinforcements and sharpish. You should be embarrassed that your manager can spout such crap rather than self congratulatory, but then again, you are rags.
fifthcolumnblue
Wind them up and watch them go. I'm proud of my manager and he can say what he likes after all he has done for the game. Your comments about us dropping points is laughable. Teams drop points every season to teams that they don't expect. As far as signings go who bought big this summer out of the top 4. Nobody. We will pat ourselves on the back because we are clever, we don't come out with the same anti-United drivel on a weekly basis like yourself who then goes on to claim he doesn't care about United. There's a phrase for people like you, Grade A ********uesday.
NotoriousRedDevil
You are proud of your manager who has launched a personal attack on a referee to disguise his team selection issues and the underperformance of his team. A referee who has been proven to have covered more ground than all but 4 of your side. Ferguson could and should be looking at a court case for this one, maybe the straw that breaks the camel's back. Some ex-refs are speculating that it could affect decisions in your games. Now wouldn't that be justice. Rafa was right. Fact.
KB1
fifthcolumnblue - Firstly, what exactly is your obsession with this place?? You're here ALL the time even though you claim this is a dull site. You're just a sad scum with nothing on his mind but to cause havoc. Your comments are all just blatant attacks and no reasoning to them! If you hate us that much, why keep coming on here so much! You have written a comment on every single article on here for the past two weeks! We get it, you have no life and are looking for some attention but please call your mum for that! You've developed a big mouth now because of some money? Well...you see, you haven't done anything yet with that money and you won't live to see your club reach our level that's for sure. So just crawl back into that little hole and come out when you're ready to be amongst the civilised.
ForeverUnited
Invective is the last refuge of the incompetent. Call me all the names you want FU and NERD, it's clear what I'm saying is getting under your skin, and probably a lot nearer to the truth than you'd like. All good things come to an end matey, your dominance of football is no exception, and now that fergie has made an arse of himself (yet again), I think you'll find plenty of things to get hysterical about all on your own without having to take your frustrations out on rival teams' posters like me. So I'll keep coming over here to comment on all things yoonited (I do live less than a mile from that dump of a ground you call home, in fact, I can usually smell it on match days) without resorting to name calling or abuse. I've met a few reds who can take a bit of banter, but they seem in short supply on vital man u (just like senses of humour, brains and class).
fifthcolumnblue
Who the hell is NERD?
NotoriousRedDevil
You're soooooooo easy to confuse FU!
fifthcolumnblue
Hey FCB, nice posts dude!
kennyclementstache
Is Fergie fit to wear the suit? I'd like to see him n a 100 yard challenge with our very own Moonchester! My money is on the clown with the oversized head!
kennyclementstache
 

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