Martin ONeill launched a sardonic conflict on Phil Dowd last night, effectively accusing the arbitrate of costing his group the Carling Cup.
Wayne Rooney came off the substitutes dais to measure the winning idea his twentieth in as most matches as Manchester United came from at the behind of to kick Aston Villa 2-1 at Wembley and keep the trophy.
But ONeill was mad at Dowds irregular preference not to send off Nemanja Vidic in the fifth notation after the United defender had hauled down Gabriel Agbonlahor in the chastisement area. James Milner scored from the spot, but Vidic transient even a yellow label notwithstanding denying Agbonlahor a transparent goalscoring opportunity.
Even Sir Alex Ferguson certified that United got a propitious mangle there.Related LinksRooney snatches Carling Cup for UnitedVilla see red over last improved Trophy No 34 has Ferguson hinting at endMultimediaPATRICK BARCLAY: an additional off-day for referees MATT DICKINSON: Owen tastes the honeyed and green
ONeill, the Villa manager, said: I think it was solid for all to see. It was an irregular preference and I unequivocally cant assimilate it. It was a goalscoring event in the chastisement area. It was a inapplicable designation from an differently excellent arbitrate whos got it wrong.
Anyone would unequivocally be wondering how he could come to any alternative conclusion. In a integrate of days the all lost and were losing finalists.
Richard Dunne, the Villa defender, claimed the exclusion of Vidic would not have done a disproportion as United played for 61 mins with ten men in the Barclays Premier League compare at Villa Park last month and were still the improved team, but ONeill discharged such suggestions.
Richards a good kid and I all remonstrate with him, ONeill said. Just since someone plays well with ten men in one sold compare ... this is a opposite game. You are articulate about Wembley and all that goes with that in one sold match. I wouldnt have favourite to fool around opposite us with ten men for 85 minutes.
It was a vital point in the game. It doesnt have a difference either the the first, second or the 90th minute, the straightforward. So candid the incredible.
Vidic, however, shielded himself. I dont think it was a sending-off, the Serbia defender said. I was in front of him [Agbonlahor], not at the behind of him, and he was going afar from goal.
United drew turn in the twelfth notation by Michael Owen, but the striker limped off prior to long prior to half-time with a injure leg tendon injury, paving the approach for Rooney to take the show once again with an additional header sixteen mins from time. But the idea might have come at a cost.
Rooney suggested he had been struggling with a bruise knee for the past integrate of weeks and had deliberate being replaced prior to he scored. The striker will be assessed by Englands healing staff prior to a preference is taken over either he is fit to face Egypt at Wembley in a accessible compare on Wednesday.
I have had a bit of a complaint with my knee for a integrate of weeks, Rooney said. I even thought about entrance off today. Ill have to get the England alloy to have a see at it. Ferguson said: The alloy is assessing it at the minute. I do not know what England will do about it.
There was improved headlines for Ferguson on Rio Ferdinand, the defender claiming he has recovered from a regularity of his behind damage and will be fit for the joining diversion afar to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Im all right, Ferdinand said. Ive been precision this week. Obviously I havent played any games to be fit sufficient to fool around for England. It has usually been a teenager setback. Its only been precautionary, me not playing, to have certain it doesnt get any worse.
But Im excellent now, no problems. Ill be fit to fool around opposite Wolves at the week end if selected.