Berba backs pen decision

Image: Berbatov: Behind penalty decision

Dimitar Berbatov insists Howard Webb did the right thing in handing Man Utd a penalty against Liverpool.

Bulgarian adamant spot-kick was valid

Dimitar Berbatov insists referee Howard Webb did the right thing in handing Manchester United a decisive penalty against Liverpool. The match official pointed to the spot in the opening minute of the third-round FA Cup tie at Old Trafford after Berbatov went down under pressure from Daniel Agger in the area. Ryan Giggs consequently fired home what turned out to be the winner of the 1-0 triumph, prompting outrage from Liverpool supporters. But Berbatov is adamant Webb's decision was valid, saying after the match: "Of course it was a penalty. "There was enough contact for me to lose my balance and people know I do not go to ground easily." He added: "I thought Liverpool put in a good performance and I thought their 'keeper Jose Reina was their best player and made some good saves, but we were the better side."

Talking point

The other key talking point of Kenny Dalglish's first game back in charge of the Reds was the sending-off of captain Steven Gerrard just after the half-hour mark. The midfielder left the ground as he launched himself into a challenge on Michael Carrick, with Webb taking his time to calm some raised tempers before brandishing a straight red card. Goalscorer Giggs would not be drawn on the incident, saying: "I couldn't see it myself but the players' reactions tend to tell you a lot and the players round the ball were not too happy and once the decision is made you have to get on with it. "That early goal helped us, as did the sending-off, but we had chances to finish off the game and you are a bit nervous when you don't take them. "Defensively we looked good and we could have scored more today."

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