Updated: Friday, 22nd November 2019 @ 5:41am

Ferguson faces FA wrath after linesman comments following draw at Chelsea

Ferguson faces FA wrath after linesman comments following draw at Chelsea

By James Booker

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson could find himself in hot water with the Football Association today after his comments about linesman Darren Cann following Sunday’s 3-3 draw with Chelsea.

Ferguson, who saw his side heroically battle back from 3-0 down at Stamford Bridge, implied that Cann is happy to award key decisions against his side, but is reluctant to do so in their favour.

His comments were made in relation to an incident in the first half, where United’s Danny Welbeck tumbled under a challenge by Chelsea debutant Gary Cahill.

Whilst Ferguson accepted the challenge was outside the box, he was left fuming that a free-kick wasn’t awarded and Cahill given a red card, and singled out Cann as the official responsible.

Ferguson said: “They should've had a man sent off in the first half. Danny Welbeck's clear through and he was brought down," Ferguson said.

"[Cann] has given a penalty kick against us from 40 yards away last year against Liverpool, this year against Arsenal - and he can't see that incident?

"That assistant referee, who's all too happy to flag at Old Trafford for penalty kicks, didn't give them.

"I don't blame (referee) Howard Webb - he needed help in that situation and he didn't get it.”

Despite this controversy, United were awarded two penalties, both of which were converted by Wayne Rooney in a man-of-the-match performance by the United and England striker.

Javier Hernandez’s header from six yards completed United’s comeback after goals from Juan Mata, David Luiz and a Jonny Evans own goal had put Chelsea 3-0 up and seemingly in command.

The performance of under-pressure goalkeeper David De Gea would also have pleased Ferguson, who saw the young Spaniard pull off two magnificent saves in the closing stages to prevent Chelsea from stealing the points.

"We know his potential, we know he's an outstanding talent and we've got to trust that," Ferguson said.

"We bought him on the premise that he could be our goalkeeper for 10 years and he showed that today.

“Today, I think he's got the bit between his teeth and he's done well."