Fergie: I never called Torres a cheat

24 September 2010 07:49
Sir Alex Ferguson insists he did not accuse Fernando Torres of being a cheat after Manchester United's 3-2 victory over Liverpool last weekend.[LNB] Ferguson was aghast to wake up on Monday morning to find coverage of the game, in which Dimitar Berbatov scored his first hat-trick for the club, was dominated by his remarks about Fernando Torres.[LNB]The United boss accused Torres of trying to get John O'Shea sent off as he won the foul for the free-kick from which Steven Gerrard equalised.[LNB]This was interpreted as Ferguson calling the Spain striker 'a cheat' but is a comment the Scot says is not correct.[LNB]"You'd think Berbatov would get the headlines, but it was all me saying Torres was a cheat, which was ridiculous," he said.[LNB]"I thought he made the most of it. That's not to say the guy's a cheat."[LNB]Ferguson's irritation resulted in him cancelling his usual pre-match press conference and instead deciding only to speak with United's in-house TV station and radio rights holders Key103.[LNB]Meanwhile, Ferguson admits Michael Owen has given him a dilemma.[LNB]Owen has been forced to wait for his chance as Dimitar Berbatov has taken centre stage with seven goals so far this season.[LNB]But on his first start since the Community Shield at Scunthorpe on Wednesday, the legendary predator reminded Ferguson he is still a force to be reckoned with by grabbing a second-half brace.[LNB]Now Owen is hoping to play some part against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday, the start of a big week that also includes a Champions League trip to Valencia.[LNB]"It does give me a problem," Ferguson told MUTV.[LNB]"I have known it was going to be a problem since the start of the season, that is why I let Danny Welbeck go to Sunderland and Mame Biram Diouf to Blackburn on loan.[LNB]"The form of Dimitar Berbatov has meant that other players have taken a back seat, which is unfortunate for them because they are good players."

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