Alex Ferguson: Cole Is Reckless

Ashley Cole makes a foolhardy decision late in the match.

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

Manchester United’s 3-1 Barclay’s Premier League victory against Chelsea ended in controversy last night, following a brutal tackle from Ashley Cole and a shocking miss from Torres.

Cole’s mistimed tackle on Hernandez Chicharito in the six-yard box earned him a booking, but United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was unimpressed with the decision and Cole’s foolhardiness, saying: "It was a shocking tackle. He's very reckless at times, Ashley Cole.  He is committed of course but he sometimes can go over the edge a bit and the tackle was an example of that. The referee has booked him for it so I don't know why it wasn't a penalty. I must ask him.  We will have to see what the damage is in the morning. His leg is numb. He could be out for a couple of weeks."

Along with his refusal to warrant United a penalty following the challenge, referee Phil Dowd also came under fire from Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, who seemed to dismiss Cole’s challenge as a mere retaliation to Dowd’s allowance of two of Man U’s goals, both of which appeared to be offside.

He said: "Maybe he would not do the red-card challenge you saw if the linesman had done his work. Maybe he would be a bit more clear [sic] in his work."

Unfortunately, Torres yet again made a crucial mistake for the Blues, missing an open goal in the 83rd minute which would have left his team trailing at just 3-2. The abysmal effort followed his wonderful goal at the beginning of the second half. Villas-Boas said of the miss: 'You have to be fair that the best world strikers have both missed great opportunities. It happened to Fernando but it happened to Wayne Rooney, too.  But, yes, a 3-2 score at that period of the game would give us a mental edge for the rest of the match."