Roy Keane was correct

Well done to Roy Keane for daring to say that the referee’s decision which went against Manchester United was a correct call. The fact that he has attracted a plethora of hysterical comments from united sympathisers both inside and outside the TV studio is not relevant.

Those concerned seem to have forgotten the service he gave to the club and the fact that he was mainly responsible for his team reaching the 1999 Euro final.

The tirade of abuse from the fans is not surprising but the over the top rant from former player Paddy Crerand is out of order, particularly the dig that he played in a European cup final and Keane did not. What that has to do with the right or wrong of the referee’s decision is beyond belief.

In my day the act of putting your boot above waist high was immediately and correctly penalised for dangerous play and using the boot to collect a high ball has made it unsafe to go for a legitimate header.

The trouble with Nani is that he does not like to head a ball and should learn to do so before he intentionally or otherwise does someone a serious injury. If the situation had been reversed Alex Ferguson would have still come running down the steps, only this time waving the card sign to indicate a sending off of the Madrid player.

The trouble with Fergie is that he has never learnt to lose with dignity and win with grace and his increasing anger at losing is compounded by the fact that he is running out of time.

Some of you may recall that his stated intention was to put Manchester United above Liverpool as the most successful side in English football. To be fair he has done this with regard to the league title, and should win again this year, but he trails by three wins to five in the champions league.

With this year gone he is running out of time as he is now over seventy and I for one have concerns over his well being in the coming years as his blood pressure seems to rise a bit higher with each defeat.

Allan Alexander.

A Alexander

Football daft for as long as I can remember. Lifelong Liverpool fan and Socialist. Has actually stood on the Anfield pitch. Played the game, refereed it and reported on it. Best playing time was at under 18 level and enjoyed indoor 5 aside until injury forced me out at 52.