Sir Alex Ferguson has refused to condemn Arsene Wenger's suggestion that Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo often displays 'arrogance'.
Arsenal boss Wenger claimed the Portuguese ace was often the victim of his own on-field demeanour following his booking for diving in the Carling Cup Final when replays showed he had a solid penalty shout.
But Ferguson claims he understands Wenger's comments and has again called for referees to offer the winger more protection.
"What Arsene said was it appears like arrogance," said Ferguson. "There is a difference and I can understand what he is saying.
"When a player expresses himself in such an entertaining way, defenders don't enjoy it. It was exactly the same when George Best was a player.
"It is not so much that they are prepared to do what they do, it is that they are encouraged to do it.
"That is the great asset Ronaldo holds. He has this wonderful courage. He just wants to entertain and do something good with the ball."