26/12/2012 18:23, Report by Mark Froggatt
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We’ve also been behind and won it. It’s a great result for us, other results also went for us, but we’ve got more big games coming up.”

One of many talking points from the Boxing Day classic was referee Mike Dean’s decision to overrule his linesman and award a goal to Newcastle, deciding Papiss Cisse had not interfered with Jonny Evans, despite distracting the Irishman, who deflected Danny Simpson’s cross past David De Gea.

Ferdinand, who was a close bystander to the incident, felt Dean had got it wrong at the Theatre of Dreams and although several other decisions did not go United’s way either, the Reds defender was sympathetic towards the referee and his officials.

“I thought it was a bad decision. Cisse is interfering with Jonny, there is contact and if he is not there then Jonny’s body position is different and he stops the ball from going in the net.

“The referee made a few bad decisions and maybe he wasn’t helped by his linesman as much as he could have been, but everybody has bad days at the office every now and again.”

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