The Big Question

Was Phil Dowd too scared to send off Nemanja Vidic?

Phil Dowd – bit of a wimp?

Phil Dowd

That Sir Alex Ferguson loves a mind game. Absolutely loves one. And, by the looks of things, a seed planted almost a year ago might just have won his team the Carling Cup yesterday.

Speaking out after seeing both Scholesy and the Little Red Roonster red carded against Fulham in 2009, the United manager commented:

“It’s Phil Dowd, what do you expect?”

The referee’s record of showing United five reds and 18 yellows in 12 league games was obviously beginning to get on the Ferguson goat.

Begging the question – was Phil Dowd too frightened of an angry Ferguson to show Vidic the red for his tackle on Agbonlahor? Had Fergie wormed his way into the refs mind and clouded his judgement?

Let us know with a vote and a comment.

8 responses so far
  • Ray // March 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Was Phil Dowd too scared to send off Collins for the last man trip on Evra?

  • Mark // March 1, 2010 at 10:16 am

    … but why did Collins get a yellow but Vidic not get anything? It should have been at LEAST a yellow.

  • kimblim // March 1, 2010 at 10:24 am

    It should have been a yellow, but not all penalties warrant a red card – especially as Vidic was goal side and Agbonlahororoaaoraoaor was getting into a worse shooting position.

  • Stephen // March 1, 2010 at 10:37 am–Nemanja-Vidic-deserved-escape-red-card-Wembley.html?ITO=1490

    Nuff said…

  • Darkknight // March 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    People can’t take loosing to has to be the ref that helped ..baa..baa… sheep.

    He was denied a “goal scoring opportunity”..and got a penalty that got the a goal..then there were 85 mins for them to score more. They were beaten fair and square.

    Here are couple of quotes from Richard Dunne

    “It possibly should have been a sending off but they had a man sent off against us at Villa Park and it didn’t make any difference,” said Dunne.

    “It was probably better to play against 11 as it was a more enjoyable game.

    That sums up the match.

  • Mark // March 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Okay, fair point about the fact he wasn’t travelling directly towards goal, but where was Vidic’s yellow? It was a clear foul with no ball contact from the defender, correct?

    …but Rooney is in fantastic form and I was glad he managed to shake off his “flu-knee”. I just hope he plays this well during the World Cup. United were by far the dominant team in the second half though.

  • AKJ // March 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Refree who’s not afraid of sending off two of ManU’s biggest players in 1 game, gave 5 reds in 12 games to ManU is suddenly afraid of sending off Vidic.. wow..

    Why nobody has started talking about SAF visiting Dowd’s home before the biggest cup final of his career and making him an offer Dowd couldn’t refuse.. Haha.. Almost every match has a few decision like that and almost every manager keeps crying bout that..

    BTW, if Richard Dunne really said wat DarkKnight has quoted then my already high respect for him has gone even higher…

  • Mark // March 1, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Dunne did say that. Signing of the summer.

    But yes, Dowd was just scared.

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