Date: 26th August 2007 at 7:36pm
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Sir Alex Ferguson believes Nani’s powerful shot could have been a goal anyway but the deflection on Tevez’s head made it absolutely certain.

Therefore, he says the goal should be awarded to Tevez.

“Carlos Tevez`s touch on the ball decided,” he told Sky Sports.

“It may have gone in anyway because it was such a ferocious hit. But, personally, I think it`s Tevez`s goal, being a centre-forward.”

There are two things wrong with it. First, a shot of such power and accuracy deserves a goal and Nani should not be deprived of the glory of hitting a vital winner in only his fourth competitive outing for United.

Secondly, Tevez actually pulled his head down, trying to get out of the shot’s way – his touch was unintended. For me, it’s Nani’s goal and surely the vast majority of people will say the same.

And the spicy matter: the penalty appeal. I think it was Brown’s chest and though it’s true he dived like a keeper, his arm was very much close to his body and it did not reach for the ball. Martin Jol is wrong in saying he did everything as a keeper – no, he acted as a defender desperate to clear. It is possible that the ball hit his arm but it was unintended and meant to clear with his chest.

In this case I agree with Fergie: it hit Brown’s chest.

“At the time they protested so much that I thought it must have been a penalty,” he said.

“But I`ve it, it`s clear, and Wes said himself that it hit him on the chest. As it hits him, his arm comes out so maybe that`s why they thought it hit his arm. But I`m sure of it, it hit his chest.”

If Jol says we were lucky, he’s right. If he says they played well, he’s right. If he says they would have deserved a point, he’s right. But it was not a penalty.