On the back of the disappointing draw at Goodison Park, Wayne Rooney’s scandalous debacles and those ruddy American owners, it’s safe to say old Fergie has been under a bit of pressure of late. Well, Sir Alex now has something to smile about.
Chasing away those ‘early season Blues’ comes in the form of a much needed friendly face at Old Trafford on Sunday. Returning from a vital holiday after what turned out to be a burdensome World Cup for Ferguson’s favourite official, Howard Webb will oversee Manchester United’s home game to Liverpool.
Webb ultimately failed having been gifted with the responsibility of refereeing the the most important game in football earlier this year, losing any control and respect of players in the World Cup final between Spain and Holland. Representing English officials at the highest level, Webb was then subjected to boo-ing that was projected from both sets of fans as he proceeded to accept the medal awarded for his efforts.
Scepticism has often surrounded the 39-year-old as Webb has been portrayed by media and fans alike as being rather generous to Manchester United, when officiating over games played at Old Trafford. He was heavily criticised in 2009 for giving the home side a penalty against Tottenham, as United went from being two down, to go on and win 5-2.
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