Manchester United were held to a 2-2 draw by West Ham at Upton Park last night.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will not face charge from the FA over his comments following the game criticizing the match officials who allowed Robin van Persie’s 77th minute equalizer stand, despite the Dutchman being clearly offside in the build up.
“The job of the assistant referee is to give it. That is their job. Their job is to give the offside decisions when they appear in front of them,” complained Allardyce.
‘This was a blatant one. There is no excuse. It is not a positioning issue,” he added.
“He is straight across the line on the last defender and can see Van Persie is two yards offside. When it hits the post and comes to him, he should put his flag up but doesn’t. Two minutes into the second half we have a shot and the assistant referee puts his flag up, what’s going on there?”
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson also vented his frustrations over the decisions made by referee Lee Probert who he believes should have dismissed West Ham striker Andy Carroll for a dangerous challenge on goalkeeper David De Gea.
“It's an obvious red card but the referee has seen it differently,” the Scot asserted.
“They are very, very aggressive, as we have seen, you hope there's a strong referee and I am not so sure we got that.”
However, Ferguson had only praise for his team who he believes played like ‘champions’ on the night.
“We were behind twice but we came back and I thought we played like champions,” he explained.
“We were magnificent in terms of our determination and courage to play. We don’t like losing and we showed that again tonight so I was pleased with the result.”
Meanwhile, Phil Jones remains ‘confident’ that United can claim the title, despite the draw at Upton Park.
“We’ve been confident throughout the season and nothing is going to change now,” insisted the young Englishman.
Vice-captain Patrice Evra echoed his teammate’s resolve and claimed he is ‘unfazed’ by the lack of praise for their sensational form this season.
“I think this is why you play for Manchester United. People want to see Manchester United fall down," he told PA Sport and talkSPORT.
"In the seven years I have been here, it is always the same. When you lose one game it is like the end of the world. It has always been like that. If you don't accept this pressure, you can't play for Manchester United. But we need that also.”
In team news, U21 youngster Frederic Vaseli has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury suffered in United’s U21 victory over Tottenham on Monday.
“I have never had anything from the manager saying pull yourself out or anything in that manner because it’s not in his nature,” explained Carrick, amidst recent speculation over Rio Ferdinand’s withdrawal from Roy Hodgson’s England squad.
“I don’t know where that information has come from about me joining Manchester United. That’s part of the press – I’m only focused on Atletico Madrid,” Falcao stated.
In other news, Real Madrid have surpassed United as the world’s most valuable club, now estimated at £2.2 billion – a dramatic 76% increase which has overtaken United who have been top of the Forbes list since 2004.
Liverpool's Ian Ayre has revealed Reds owner John W Henry asked for ‘tips’ on running the club from United’s chief executive David Gill along with Arsenal’s Ivan Gazidis.
Finally, United's U18s were defeated 3-0 by Everton last night.
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