It’s not too often that an opposing manager comes out in favor of an opposing player, who has just badly fouled one of his own star players.
Alex Ferguson – so glad Steven Taylor not suspended
But that seems to be what’s happening with the one and only Sir Alex Ferguson today, probably the best football club manager of all time, and that’s saying something.
The player in question is our own Steven Taylor, who badly fouled Cristiano Ronaldo just before half time on Wednesday night, and that had Ferguson up off his seat and complaining to the officials, for what was no doubt a bad foul.
Steven got his name taken, and some had thought that he may also be charged with a retroactive ban by the FA, after the defender swung an arm at Ronaldo, and sent the Portuguese player sprawling onto the sidelines.
However, Setanta Sports is reporting the full back has not been punished by the FA, something that seemed to please the Red Devils manager, as Ferguson commented:
“The disciplinary situation does confuse you at times,”
“No-one is really clear about it. But in actual fact we did not want the boy suspended because now he can play against Chelsea and Arsenal.”
“In Newcastle’s position, with the injuries they have at the moment, it would have been devastating for them to lose that player. I am not really upset about it at all.”
It seems so thoughtful of the Manchester United manager, who before the game had even praised both the Newcastle club itself, and their fans for being so passionate and faithful.
So nice of Mr. Ferguson, but wait, maybe Ferguson wants Newcastle at full strength in the upcoming games against Arsenal and Chelsea.
That sounds more like it – and we thought Alex was just being nice. 😀