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Injury Time Against Tottenham Hotspur “An Insult to the Game” Believes Sir Alex Ferguson


Sunday, 30th September, 2012



Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is annoyed with the amount of injury time played during his side’s 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.

Spurs won the match 3-2, with the London team’s last goal coming in the 52nd minute through Clint Dempsey.

Ferguson’s men hit back a minute later as Shinji Kagawa scored but, despite pushing hard for an equaliser, could not find a way through the Tottenham defence.



And Andre Villas-Boas’ side held on for a famous 3-2 victory; it was Spurs first win at Old Trafford since 1989.

For Ferguson, to lose was disappointing, and all the more so given that he felt the four minutes of injury time added on at the end of the game by referee Chris Foy, were far, far too little.

"They gave us four minutes [injury time], that’s an insult to the game. It denies you a proper chance to win a football match", the Manchester United boss said to the BBC.


"There were six substitutions, the trainer came on, so that’s four minutes right away and the goalkeeper must have wasted about two or three minutes and they took their time at every goal kick.

"That’s obvious to everyone today and it’s a flaw in the game that the referee is responsible for time keeping. It’s ridiculous that it’s 2012 and the referee still has control of that."


Manchester United found themselves shaded in terms of possession in the game, with Spurs enjoying 52% of the ball compared to the Red Devils’ 48%.

However, the home side did register more shots than Spurs, with 15 efforts to ten, eight of those finding the target.

Ferguson must now switch his side’s attention to European matters, with a Champions League match at Romanian outfit Cluj to come on Tuesday evening.

 

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