Old Trafford Match Zone: Ferguson says 'diver' tag is so unfair on Ashley
21:30 GMT, 22 April 2012
Ashley Young, widely criticised for the manner in which he won two penalties in the last two home games, was left out in favour of Nani on Sunday but Sir Alex Ferguson used his programme notes to hit back at criticism of the England winger.
Reflecting on the win over Aston Villa, the United boss wrote: ‘It took another controversial moment to set us on our way with the media enjoying a field day…Ashley is in danger of being targeted as a diver.
'It doesn’t take much for the press to get a bandwagon rolling these days and in my view it’s quite unfair.’
Defence: Sir Alex Ferguson stood up for Ashley Young
Rooney two good
Wayne Rooney scored as many goals against Everton on Sunday as he has in all the meetings with his old club since leaving Goodison Park in 2004.
The equaliser was his first against Everton at Old Trafford, and his second made it four in total against David Moyes’ side.
Toffees' big haul
Only two other teams have scored four or more goals in a Premier League game at Old Trafford. Liverpool did it with a 4-1 win here in 2009 before Manchester City hit six this season.
Everton are also the third team in the PL era to avoid defeat here after going two goals behind.
Momentous: Steven Pienaar's goal put Everton among a select few teams
Well, they were warned
United clearly have short memories when it comes to writing off Everton.
Only last season at Goodison Park, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side led 3-1 as the game moved into added time but were then pegged back in dramatic circumstances as Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta struck for the Merseysiders.
United back problems
Everton may still be without a Premier League win at Old Trafford since the inaugural season 20 years ago when Peter Beardsley, Robert Warzycha and Mo Johnston scored, but the 4-4 draw means United have now conceded more goals at home than in any other Premier League campaign.
Provider: Tony Hibber (left) set up goals for his team-mates
Hibbert chips in
Tony Hibbert has never scored for Everton but the full back turned into an unlikely goal provider yesterday with perfect crosses for Nikica Jelavic’s opener and Marouane Fellaini’s finely-taken volley to make it 3-2.
The legendary Belfast boy and Fifties great Dennis Viollet were surpassed by Wayne Rooney on the United list of all-time top scorers. Two goals put Rooney fourth on 180. Next target Jack Rowley on 211.
Sir Alex Ferguson
No titles for sartorial elegance, combining grey suit and smart overcoat with trainers to stop him slipping on wet surface.
The Sky pundit had to criticise younger brother Phil in the build-up to United’s equaliser. ‘Oh, Philip …’ groaned the elder Neville as he analysed an action replay.