Fergie hits back at Pardew jibe

2012-12-28 13:38

Manchester - Alex Ferguson has criticised Newcastle manager Alan Pardew for his claims that the Manchester United manager should have been sent off after a verbal exchange with referee Mike Dean during their clash on Wednesday.

The United manager called Dean over just before the beginning of the second-half of the 4-3 encounter at Old Trafford to argue over a decision in the opening period and he also had words with an assistant referee and fourth official Neil Swarbrick.

Ferguson was unhappy that Dean overruled his assistant referee, Jake Collin, who flagged Papiss Cisse offside when Jonny Evans turned in an own goal and the goal was given.

The Reds manager was criticised in the media for his outburst but because Dean has opted not to include the incident in his referee's report means Ferguson will escape any punishment from the Football Association.

Pardew claimed on Thursday that Ferguson should have been sent to the stands but the United manager responded angrily on Friday.

Ferguson also joked that the only man who has not been asked for his opinion is American president Barack Obama but his defence was serious.

He said: "The problem for me and Manchester United is that the profile of the club is huge.

"Alan Pardew has come out and criticised me. Alan Pardew is the worst at haranguing referees - his whole staff every game. He was at it for the whole game on Wednesday.

"He shoves the linesman and laughs about it and he has to cheek to criticise me. It is unbelievable. He forgets the help I gave him by the way.

"The press have a good field day. They have addressed every possible angle, the only one they have not asked is Barack Obama - he is too busy.

"It's unfortunate that I carry that, because I'm the manager of the biggest club in the world. I'm not like Newcastle - a wee club in the North East.

"That is the facts of life. I was demonstrative but I was not out of order. That has been overplayed by the press. You've all had a field day.

"Some managers shove linesman on the pitch and make a joke of it. I'm not making a joke of this. I think it should have been disallowed, I really do."

Ferguson has also defended his actions of encroaching onto the pitch and stands by his assessment of the incident - but did not criticise Dean.

"I thought the first hand was on Evans from Cisse. The rule book says if an opponent is interfering with defender then he is offside, it says it clearly in the rule book.

"The interpretation is from Mike Dean is that he was not interfering, I think he was. I think that is reasonable. I thought Mike Dean handled it well. He is an experienced referee, mature.

"There was no ranting and raving from me. I was demonstrative but then I am always demonstrative - everyone knows that. I'm an emotional guy.

"What happened was that Dean was walking towards the centre circle and I came up to the touchline and he came towards me and I went towards him. I was not on the pitch for more than three or four yards. Then we came off together."

Ferguson's side face West Brom on Saturday and Ferguson revealed it was too early to reveal full injury news just two days on from the Wednesday game.

But he expects veteran midfielders Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs to miss out with Phil Jones also a doubt.


  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-12-28 13:58

    A wee club in the north east!!! Ouch, poor Pardew should know better than to take on Sir Alex. Many have tried - most have failed. It is sad when managers have a go at each other. They have difficult jobs and should be supporting one another. Pardew will hopefully learn.

      ziyaadnyumna.carrim - 2012-12-28 15:20

      Sir Alex always gets away with everything . The FA favours him - 2012-12-28 16:32

      Earned over many years such is life get over it.

      ziyaadnyumna.carrim - 2012-12-28 23:07

      The FA must be consistent if SAF is out of line he should be given the same punishment as anyone else. Just because of who he is does not mean he gets special treatment .

  • japie.marais - 2012-12-28 14:50

    Ferguson was out of line and is still wrong!

      rondee.scherman - 2012-12-28 21:35

      Japie en in jou beskeie mening ws die goal regverdig? Of probeer jy net gatkrap?

      jonathan.mumo.3 - 2012-12-29 12:58

      Yee absolutely Out of order

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-12-28 18:15

    Of course Ferguson gets away with it. when one of your clubs' directors (David Gill) is on the FA board, you know that SAF will not get sanctioned.

  • - 2012-12-28 19:48

    Of course Ferguson will get away with this. That's the way most of M.U.player behave. Arrogant, undermining other teams/players/coaches. Over-inflated ego. Ur not the best in the world. Spanish soccer is best.

      rondee.scherman - 2012-12-28 21:36

      Based on what my dear friend? Just your Sundowns opinion?

      aphelele.futshane - 2012-12-29 05:16

      I don't think he said he was the best though, just that he manages the biggest club.

  • jacob.molife - 2012-12-28 19:50

    Boast not thy self, oh honorable is those small clubs which make big club,big.

      rondee.scherman - 2012-12-28 21:38

      No hard work make them big. Unlike those in SA. And before you start the race card I am a Birds supporter!

  • pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2012-12-28 21:02

    This old man is quite condescending phew!

      rondee.scherman - 2012-12-28 21:39

      Like SAFA?

  • rowland.williams.92 - 2012-12-29 00:11

    The problem with Sir Alex is that he thinks he is bigger than the game. He is not! He behaved like a dickhead and he should just admit it and apologise

  • mahomedrafeek.goolam - 2012-12-29 01:10

    Since when is Fergie The Reds Manager,according to my knowledge The Reds is Liverpool and Man Utd is the Red Devils. Anyway,Fergie is just a Dickhead who the Refs fear,he will get away with anything he or his players do because the English Premiership is run by Man Utd people,Period.

      sello.mjandane - 2012-12-29 06:42

      Alex u mst frst learn hw 2 beat Barca thn u can call your team the best evrytim u play Barca u get a hiding yet thy r coached by assistant nd u talk 3mch old man V Persie will do the same c wht he did on Swaense game watch the space

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-29 20:04

      Sello biggest is not best,muppet

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-29 20:05

      Sello biggest is not best,muppet

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-29 08:04

    Tell me all of you jealous tossers out there what happened to the Newcastle officials who had a full go at the assistant and fourth official in the same game. NOTHING Please tell which manager/coach in football has not had a go at an official during or after a game. I know for a fact the refereees have the attitude "take it from whence it comes" in other words if you think or know the person saying it is stupid or whatever ignore the commentsbut evidently he is getting to all of you so guess who are the idiots

  • taariq.halim - 2012-12-29 09:45

    'Biggest club in the world'? Ha! Currently Man U aren't even champs of Manchester. And 'wee northeast club' Newcastle's Toon Army happen to have the biggest fanbase in England. For all his achievements, Fergie is just an arrogant unlikable troll.

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-29 12:14

      BIGGEST!!!!!not best you mamparra.Jeez can't you read or what?

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-29 12:28

      BIGGEST!!!!!not best you mamparra.Jeez can't you read or what?

      taariq.halim - 2012-12-29 13:34

      Spoken like a true Man-parra...

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-29 19:30

      There is a difference btween biggest and best!likewise btween mamparra and manparra!like I said get an education first,you scouse probably on the dole hey.or maybe you can't take that a girl is dissing you.POOFTER.LMfAO.

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-29 19:51

      Or maybe you're of the CAR-toon army?when last did yous win something?Wait......Nope sorry way before my time!hehehehe.wee little club in the north-east

      taariq.halim - 2012-12-30 11:17

      Mamparra? Scouse? Cartoon army? Dole? Uneducated? Can't talk football, so you turn this into a manc pub thug brawl... Typical. And when arrogant Fergie says 'biggest club in the world' he doesn't mean best? Of course not - he means biggest fanbase and merchandising deals... Because that's all he cares about. Haha. Yeah right.

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-30 11:17

      You still don't get it!BIGGEST not BEST!and as for personal insults look who's talking.Face it you're not the sharpest tool in the box.heheheh

      taariq.halim - 2012-12-30 11:22

      Finally a manc admits man u are not the best. How refreshing! Fergie can learn from you.

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-30 11:51

      League is not finished yet,buddy.And remember a Manc is a Manc,red or blue

  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2012-12-29 13:00

    Fergie is playing arrogant here he wasabsolutely out of oder period!

  • antsho - 2012-12-29 14:59

    But how is it possible that his rantings and unsportmanship-like behaviour is not included in the match reported? The dude intimidated the referee and for that, should have walked!

  • brassells.allover - 2012-12-29 15:13

    Ferguson thinks he is bigger and more important than soccer.

  • alison.bains.7 - 2012-12-30 04:49

    You people must think before saying something bad about man u. We are the best the epl has ever had.

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