Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitted his side got lucky with a late penalty decision as they defeated Fulham to move three points clear at the top of the English Premier League.
Wayne Rooney had put United ahead late in the first-half but they hung on. And it could easily have been a 1-1 draw when Michael Carrick appeared to bring down Danny Murphy late on. Ferguson agreed.
“Certainly Michael Carrick caught Danny Murphy’s heel as he’s come back. We made enough chances to finish the game off but didn’t do it and nearly paid the penalty,” he said.
However, the Scot felt his side could’ve had a penalty of their own. He said: “I think the referee has been a bit lenient when we had a claim for a penalty kick in the first half. It was a clear handball.
“It was a claim and Patrice Evra thought it was a stone-waller. He thought he handled the ball as it was going into the penalty box and denied an opportunity and maybe he (the referee) was thinking about that.”
As for talk, the three-point gap United have opened up will be decisive, after Manchester City could only draw 1-1 with Stoke City on Saturday, Ferguson played it down.
“Our form is good, it is a good position to be in but not a decisive position,” he said. “They are all challenges from here on in.
“Teams will be battling and won’t want to be lambs to the slaughter. When teams sit back like Fulham did tonight they are hard to break down and we nearly paid the penalty.”