Date: 28th January 2007 at 2:44pm
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The assistants of the United v Portsmouth FA Cup 4th round game must be happy that United eventually won the game, for they did everything possible to invoke Fergie’s wrath and that’s not an enviable thing.

In the first half, Vidic’s header was cleared from behind the line by Mendes yet the goal did not stand. After the interval, Larsson’s beautfil goal was ruled out for offside, wrongly. It was the first of the decisions that really angered our Scot manager as it was much more blatant than the first one.

‘They talk about referees being full time but it hardly matters if the linesman cannot do his job,’ fumed Ferguson.

‘The linesman was standing right there on the goal-line, yet he cannot see a ball that is a foot over the line; not inches, a foot. It was incredible.’

‘Those decisions can kill you. If we had lost the game we would have been really sick because it would have been unfair.’

OK, it’s not about inches but a foot – according to Fergie. I don’t know which of us is better mathematics but I believe it was no more than six or seven inches. Does not matter the slightest as it clearly crossed the line but I thought I’d mention that Fergie did exaggerate this time. No surprises there…