I had to look twice, just to make sure they’d got the right Ferguson:
“From the referee’s position, I can see why he didn’t give a penalty when Danny Murphy was brought down…It was a good claim but City could have had a penalty against them at Stoke for a foul by Gareth Barry. Every club gets breaks here and there, you get good ones and bad ones. It evens itself out over the season, that will never change.“
“It evens itself out over a season and that will never change,” said Ferguson. “You get breaks here and there. Every club gets good breaks, bad breaks.”
Right, so all those ad nauseam rants about referees not up to the job, all those puce-faced tirades about decisions that could make or break your season, all that foaming-at-the-mouth about so-and-so having it in for Manchester Utd (and the thinly-veiled intimidation of the referee appointment system thereby entailed) all that was for nothing, then, Sir Alex?
For over two decades, you’ve given us Victor Meldrew with bells on when all along, you bought into what baseball writer Roger Angell wrote many years ago: “…luck is inescapable and professionals know that in order to win, you must dominate the game to the point where it is no longer a factor.”
I don’t know when the Manager of Year award gets handed out but the Hypocrite of the Season title can, I think, now be safely bestowed.