Man utd 3-2 Liverpool

Ferguson slams Torres over O'Shea clash

September 20, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Fernando Torres of deliberately trying to get John O'Shea sent off during his side's 3-2 victory over Liverpool on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard free-kick Liverpool v Manchester United
GettyImagesA Steven Gerrard free-kick against Manchester United provided one of his goals this month

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A hat-trick from Dimitar Berbatov gave United a third successive Premier League home win of the season, but Ferguson's side had let Liverpool come back from two goals down before the Bulgarian netted a late winner.

But despite emerging from the game with all three points, Ferguson was left incensed by the incident that led to Liverpool's equaliser - and claimed that Spain striker Torres over-dramatised the clash with O'Shea that resulted in Steven Gerrard successfully converting a free-kick.

"I've watched it," Ferguson said. "Definitely, Torres made a meal of it, an absolute meal of it. There's no doubt he tried to get the player sent off."

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson revealed that he did not have a great view of the incident, but defended the performance of referee Howard Webb.

"Some of my coaches were jumping up and down but I didn't have a great view. Sir Alex was closer to it," Hodgson said.

"I thought the referee had a good game. Sir Alex is entitled to his opinion but I prefer to talk about things that interest me. I am not a fan of game saying."