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Fergie fumes at ref Webb

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Sir Alex Ferguson accused referee Howard Webb of favouring Arsenal following the 2-2 stalemate at Emirates Stadium.

United boss angry over officiating at a hostile Emirates Stadium

Sir Alex Ferguson accused referee Howard Webb of favouring Arsenal following the 2-2 stalemate which ensued at Emirates Stadium. Manchester United looked on course to take a three-point haul from the capital when they led after 90 minutes, but in stoppage time, William Gallas netted a late leveller. Ferguson feels United should have been awarded a free-kick in the build-up to Gallas' equaliser and he has accused Webb of being intimidated in North London. "I think Howard Webb has a great chance to be the top referee but today was a big game for him and, at times, he favoured Arsenal," Ferguson told MUTV. "Their second goal came from him not giving a free-kick for a foul on Louis Saha on the far side. It should have been a foul for us.


"It is very difficult for the referee. On our bench, we were getting terrible abuse from people two or three feet away from us. "There is a lack of security here. It is absolutely disgraceful the abuse you and your staff take. All sorts of things are been shouted and screamed at you and there is an absolute danger here." Ferguson could not hide his frustration at throwing away the opportunity for a win, which would have taken them to the Premier League summit, at the expense of their opponents. "I think we have thrown it away. At 2-1 you think you've won the game and for them to get a second goal when they did - for us to give it away in injury-time - it is very hard to take I can tell you. It is a fact that they got out of jail. "We spoke about it at half-time, the importance of not letting them back in and we started the second half well and then we lose a goal from having our own throw-in near their corner flag. It's amazing. It's criminal. "After their equaliser, Arsenal got at us for five or 10 minutes but then it seemed to be heading for a draw.

Criminal defending

"I don't settle for a point at any time. We send a team out with ability to win matches and we try to win matches. "We settled quite well after their equaliser and Wayne Rooney had a marvellous chance. Some of our attacking play was great, some of our football was threatening. "In a game of that magnitude, there was going to be chances. We had ours and they had theirs." While conceding Arsenal have played some fine football this season, Ferguson feels they reverted to a direct style of play in order to find an equaliser.
Long ball
He concluded: "Arsenal are good football team and they had plenty of possession but they didn't actually make anything of their chances. "They got their second goal from pumping the ball into the box. It got a bit of a deflection when they pumped the ball into the box in injury-time and ended up at the back post (with Gallas). I think it (Gallas' volley) was over the line. Edwin (van der Sar) thought it was over the line. "We produced some good football for our goals but their goals were a bit scrappy. It's unlike Arsenal. They normally score goals from good passing movements. Today they were slashing the ball in the box and getting goals from it."

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