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Vote: Do Man Utd “always win the 50-50 decisions?”

Southampton gaffer reignites favouritism debate

Southampton boss Jan Poortvliet was outraged that his extremely average side were not able to beat Manchester Utd yesterday, complaining that Matt Paterson’s dreadful lunge shouldn’t have been a red card (judge for yourselves above), United’s opener was offside and the penalty decision was incorrect.

While Poortvielt attempts to push the needle on the complain-o-meter past the “William Gallas” mark are admirable, he raised a point that we have heard many times before:

“Arsene Wenger says the 50-50 decisions always go with United – and I agree with him.”

Professor Wenger is no stranger to this viewpoint, and both Jose Mourinho (“It is not possible to have a penalty against Manchester United and it is not possible to have a penalty in favour of Chelsea”) and Avram Grant (“I do not think the world is against Chelsea, or English football. But in this case there were some coincidences for Manchester United.”) have made their opinions known in recent years.

So, is there a genuine bias towards the Premier League champions, or are jealous opponents simply trying to make excuses? Let us know your thoughts below…

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10 responses so far
  • Red Rupert // January 5, 2009 at 10:13 am

    United’s last two games have seen both Tevez and Rooney wrongly flagged offside when through on the keeper early on, in games that have gone on to be narrow wins. It happened THREE times at Chelsea last season in the one game. United have had half a dozen nailed-on pens turned away this season whereas Liverpool and particularly, Gerrard get them routinely. The latest FA edict is that Ronaldo has to be decapitated before a foul is allowed to be givendecapitated

    Stop coming out with popularist polls that every ABU in the country will relish. One way to win readership I suppose.

  • Pancho // January 5, 2009 at 10:17 am

    the FACTS speak for themselves…

    of the top four clubs last season, which one had the least amount of penalties awarded…

    and which club had the most penalties awarded against ….

    the answer to both is MUFC ..so much for bias eh?…

    facts tend to be the undoing of all this ABU mania

  • Saint K // January 5, 2009 at 10:23 am

    No bias in your comments then! You didn’t even mention that the first goal should have been ruled out for offside. If the ball is in open play, a player has the right to go for it.Vidic only got close to the ball after Patterson had kicked it, with his boot – a common even in football. Maybe United should spend a few weeks in the Championship, then you’d see how football tackles are made when over-paid nancyboys are
    not protected by the likes of Riley for rolling about in their own egos!

  • John MacDonald // January 5, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Riley was dreadful yesterday. Every decision went to Man Utd. He protected the thoughout he whole game.

  • Pancho // January 5, 2009 at 10:28 am

    this would be the same LEEDS born Mike Riley ..the same LEEDS supporting Mike Riley who sent off Ronaldo last season for nudging a defender..the same Mike Riley who disallowed a goal for Rooney last season..the same Mike Riley who ignored blatant penalties for United in THREE games last season …..

  • Matt // January 5, 2009 at 11:04 am

    You make your own luck!

    Who were the better team by a country mile and deserved the luck they got??

  • fourstar // January 5, 2009 at 11:17 am

    It all evens itself out over time. But the latest incident is always the most furiously argued. Red card was probably fair, penalty wasn’t really, but United deserved to win. Southampton can’t possibly suggest the only reason they lost was the referee. Unlike Gillingham and the soft pen for Villa :)

  • Andy // January 5, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Gotta love football for splitting opinions!

    I think the first goal was offside but can see why it wasn’t given. It was very tight but I’d still be annoyed if I’d be on the receiving end

    I definitely think it’s a red card for two reasons..first got both feet off the group which means he’s not in control of the tackle, secondly he’s gone in with his studs and landed on the leg. If Vidic has his foot on the floor it could have been a lot worse

    The penalty? Very harsh i thought but after seeing the replays i’m still not 100% if it hit his head or not

    and the villa penalty? Soft, yes but still a penalty as he was never going to win the ball

    what do i know though…i’m just a lowly Walsall fan

  • Andy // January 5, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    both feet off the group?


  • rich allan // September 16, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    nearly all the refs give everything to man utd,the f.a are bias to them too,they are scared of that intimidating ferguson, its a disgrace and been going on for years now,video replays have to come in

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