Manchester United 1 Fulham 0: Alex Ferguson on penalty

Fergie breathes sigh of relief after admitting Fulham could have been awarded penalty

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22:27 GMT, 26 March 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson admitted Fulham could have been awarded a penalty at Old Trafford.

Michael Carrick appeared to trip Danny Murphy in the dying minutes but referee Michael Oliver waved away the visitor's claims.

And Ferguson, who saw his side regain top spot with a 1-0 win, conceded Fulham had every right to feel aggrieved.

Controversial: Fulham's Danny Murphy is brought down by Man United's Michael Carrick in the last minute

Controversial: Fulham's Danny Murphy is brought down by Man United's Michael Carrick in the last minute

‘I think they had a claim (for a
penalty), no doubt. We had a claim for a penalty in the first half when
there was a clear hand ball,' he told Sky Sports.

‘Maybe the ref was thinking about that. Michael Carrick has caught Danny Murphy’s heel.’

United defender Jonny Evans also admitted Oliver could have given the spot-kick.

Evans said: ‘You have a quick look to
the referee but he’s waved it away. Having seen it back again you
accept he could have given it.’

Evans was pleased with the result but not the performance which was below United’s best.

He
added: ‘It’s a great result for us but were a bit disappointed with the
performance. We managed to grind out a 1-0 victory and that puts us top
again.’

Come on ref! Martin Jol has a word with Michael Oliver about the penalty claim

Come on ref! Martin Jol has a word with Michael Oliver about the penalty claim

Fulham manager Martin Jol meanwhile believes Oliver would have been a brave man if he had given the penalty.

Asked if it was a penalty, Jol told
Sky Sports: ‘I thought it was a difficult decision. I think if he had
given the penalty he would have had to send Michael Carrick off.

‘I think everyone in the stadium expected a penalty to be honest. You have to be brave to give a penalty away at Man Utd.’

Jol was pleased with the way his team stuck to their task.

‘I thought in spells we did ever so well. In the second half we stuck to our plan. In the end we could have had a draw.’