• 'It could have been a cricket score' says Sir Alex Ferguson
• Accuses Fernando Torres of trying to get John O'Shea sent off
Sir Alex Ferguson's jubilation over Dimitar Berbatov's late winner in Manchester United's 3-2 defeat of Liverpool was followed by the provocative claim that his side should have won by a "cricket score".United lost a two-goal lead, with Steven Gerrard scoring twice for Liverpool, and looked like they were going to surrender a winning position for a third successive league game until Berbatov completed his hat-trick five minutes from the end of normal time.
"At 2-0 it could have been a cricket score," Ferguson said. "Two-all was an absolute farce. It was a game we absolutely dominated and I was saying to myself, 'It could be 10.' So when it looked like ending 2-2, it would have been a travesty of a scoreline.
"They [Liverpool] had the momentum when it went to 2-2, but they never offered anything, did they? They had to depend on decisions from the linesman to get back into the game. [Edwin] van der Sar hasn't had a save to make, [Paul] Scholes was controlling the tempo in midfield and we looked dangerous up front, with Berbatov and Nani in particular. I couldn't see us losing the game."
Ferguson accused the Liverpool striker Fernando Torres of trying to get John O'Shea sent off in the challenge that led to the free-kick from which Gerrard scored his second. "I've watched it and Torres made a meal out of it," he said. "He made an absolute meal of it to try to get our player sent off."
In 36 years of management Ferguson has never lost a match in which his side have been two goals ahead. His remarks yesterday will be a lesson for Roy Hodgson, that the United manager seldom misses an opportunity to belittle his rivals.
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