Ferguson unhappy with Dowd

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was unimpressed with referee Phil Dowd after the 1-1 draw at Arsenal.

Last Updated: 28/04/13 at 20:34 Post Comment

The Premier league champions had Phil Jones, Rafael da Silva, ex-Arsenal star Robin van Persie, Jonny Evans and Antonio Valencia booked at Emirates Stadium.

And Ferguson implied Dowd did not give United a fair chance in comparison to Arsenal, who saw Theo Walcott, Bacary Sagna and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shown yellow cards.

Asked if United started slowly as a result of over-celebrating winning the title on Monday, Ferguson told Sky Sports: "Arsenal set off at a fantastic pace, very aggressive and a lot of tackles.

"The referee just could not keep up at that point. When we had a foul, he booked us straight away. We had five players booked.

"We have got probably the best disciplinary record in the country. For Manchester United to have five players booked, I do not think that is right."

Walcott had given fourth-placed Arsenal a second minute lead only for Van Persie to equalise from the penalty spot before half-time after being brought down by Sagna.

And Ferguson said: "We expected a tough game and we got a tough game. Arsenal are fighting for the Champions League. We expected a real challenge.

"But, in fairness to the players, once we had scored, if they had taken one or two of their chances, I think we would have won quite comfortably."

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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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