Date: 23rd September 2007 at 7:40pm
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Sir Alex believes United’s performance against Chelsea was worth a victory though he conceded Mike Dean might have got one or two things wrong.

The boss hailed his side’s display, hinting it might have been a win without the dismissal of John Obi Mikel.

“In the first half hour we played as well as we have all season in terms of the penetration of our play, the movement and our passing,” he told Sky Sports.

“We could have been two or three up early on. Petr Cech made a great save from Wayne Rooney right at the start and we were dominant at that point. We should have had a penalty kick in the first half, I think the camera`s clearly show that.

“I`ve seen the sending off and it was maybe a bit harsh, but there was intent there. It could have hurt the boy but a lot of referees would have let it go. When you see Joe Cole`s tackle in the second half on Cristiano Ronaldo, that should have been a straight red card. It was right down the achilles which is happening repeatedly to Cristiano. He got a yellow card, but it should have been red. I think the referee was perhaps balancing it out.

“I think the real turning point was the goal just before half time. It was a real blow to Chelsea. At that point we had complete control of the match.

‘The foul on Louis Saha for the penalty was a bit harsh, but I think that cancels out the one we should have got in the first half.”


But he defended the referee, as he usually does when we win…

“In tight games like that, the referee has to make big decisions quickly. He can get it wrong. But I don`t think it affected the result of the match,” said Sir Alex. “I think we were the better team. Our football in the early parts of the match was outstanding.

“In a way we got some of our confidence back today. There was style and tempo to our play. I was delighted with that. Tevez and Rooney are getting more games and Saha is coming back. We are looking more like ourselves.”


He could have simply said: look at the scoreboard, everything else is just needless chit-chat.