Megson's Right: It'll Be All About The Ref
The witchhunt against Sir Alex continues: refs, managers, journalists, everyone spoke up against him, shaking with righteous anger, calling for lengthy bans following his criticism of the fitness levels of Alan Wiley. Some journalists even claim Wiley had an excellent game on October 3 which is of course rubbish, considering he failed to award a stonewall penalty in the first half and did not add any more time after United's injury-time equaliser.
Gary Megson, manager of next opponents Bolton was the only one daring to come to Fergie's aid, claiming that the boss has been hung out to dry. After referee Mark Clattenburg also spoke out against Fergie, Megson believes the focus will be on him at Old Trafford on Saturday as he'll be in charge of the game. Clattenburg sent Fergie to the stands at Bolton in November 2007 and even more famously, he cheated Everton out of a richly deserved win against Liverpool with scandalous calls.
'It's Mark Clattenburg refereeing and he sent Sir Alex off two years ago, so right from the off he is under scrutiny. He's a good referee but, straight away, the scrutiny is going to be on Mark Clattenburg and Alex Ferguson's comments about referees.'
Yes, it will be all about the referee, again. If he'll put in a fine display, the press will point their finger at Fergie, ridiculing him for ever questioning the officials. If he commits mistakes benefiting United everyone will say that Sir Alex intimidated the referee, the FA and possibly Barack Obama as well. If he happens to make mistakes for the benefit of our opponents - well, there will be a big silence then, as there always is. We can't win in this situation - and things are working out nicely for Benitez ahead of the Liverpool game.