Liverpool news Alex Ferguson admission confirms Liverpool suspicion ahead of United MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Liverpool have long suspected there was an issue against Manchester United - and now an ex-referee has shed light on it
Breaking News ! Liverpool fans always suspected it. Hey, the entire Premier League thought something was slightly amiss. And now, almost a decade after the event, it has seemingly been confirmed - Manchester United were given favourable decisions during their time as the dominant force in English football. Mark Clattenburg, never one to shirk publicity, was asked this week for his view on Jurgen Klopp shining a spotlight on the remarkable number of penalties United have been awarded under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. "He is wrong to suggest there is an aura around United that sees them given favourable decisions," said the former referee. Read More Related Articles Mark Clattenburg slams Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp over Manchester United comments Read More Related Articles Steven Gerrard makes life difficult for Andy Robertson at Liverpool training "There used to be when Fergie (Alex Ferguson) was there, but that has eased massively since he left. "I am the only referee to give three penalties to the opposition at Old Trafford, and that was for Liverpool, of all teams, in 2014. "But David Moyes was manager - I'm not sure that would have happened when Fergie was there!" The game in question saw Steven Gerrard convert two of the three spot kicks as Liverpool romped to a 3-0 win. That was the last time the Reds won at Old Trafford, although their home record has been considerably better since then with Klopp's side aiming for a third successive home win over United for only the second time in more than 40 years when they clash at Anfield on Sunday. Ferguson, of course, is long retired having stepped down in 2013. But Clattenburg's words will still resonate. As too will his other contention that United's players have been doing their utmost to win penalties this season. "There are as many as five where I believe contact was invited or even initiated by the United player," said Clattenburg to the Mail as he assessed all 11 awards. *Transfer news, rumours and analysis...
. "They are, in many ways, being clever. Once there is contact and the penalty is awarded, VAR will rarely overturn the decision. "Notice, too, that more players are going down in what referees call the 'dead zone' in the penalty area, a position from which they have little chance of scoring." Clattenburg then goes on to claim Klopp could be termed a hypocrite if calling out 'divers' given the manner Sadio Mane went to ground under a challenge from Kyle Walker-Peters in Liverpool's defeat at Southampton earlier this month. Except, of course, that penalty wasn't awarded - despite an almost identical situation to the one involving Paul Pogba that earned United victory against Aston Villa a few days earlier. Had the decisions, as could easily have been construed, gone the other way, Liverpool would still be top. And even if, as perhaps should have happened, neither spot kick had been given, United would only be a point clear rather than three.
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That's just a fact, as Solskjaer would no doubt point out, similar to United being awarded 18 penalties since last year's lockdown during which Liverpool have been awarded six. Not bad for a team who have only scored nine goals more than the Reds over that same period., 87 compared to 78. There may not be an aura around United right now. But, as Liverpool may well fear on Sunday, they've replaced it with something rather more potentially damaging to opponents.
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