Ferguson angry at Rafael red card

16 January 2011 08:07
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson seemed furious with right-back Rafael's sending-off at Spurs, refusing to talk about it after the 0-0 draw.The 20-year-old defender received a second yellow card from referee Mike Dean for tripping Spurs left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto after 75 minutes. [LNB]Wayne Rooney was also booked for protesting the decision and Ferguson said: "I don't need to discuss that." [LNB]"You can see for yourself. I don't need to discuss the referee," he added. [LNB]Rafael, who was up against Gareth Bale on the left of Tottenham's midfield, was booked in the first half for a foul on Spurs midfielder Wilson Palacios. [LNB]In a game where defences were largely on top, Tottenham had three great chances to score with Peter Crouch going close in the first half, Rafael Van Der Vaart missing with a header before half-time and the Dutchman shooting just over following a late corner. [LNB]Rooney, meanwhile, showed glimpses of last season's form with a shot in the second half which was finely saved by Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes. [LNB]Following Rafael's dismissal it was United's defence which was most under pressure with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand enjoying good performances at the heart of the Red Devils' defence. [LNB]"It was a tough game, they didn't make many chances against us, we were a bit careless with our use of the ball, it was a decent point for us," said Ferguson. [LNB]"Our defenders were particularly good but when we were in the final third maybe we needed a better pass." [LNB]More to follow.

Source: BBC_Sport