However, disappointment and anger followed for the Reds boss. “I thought it was a foul [on van Persie] in the lead up to their goal, but then the referee had one of those days where we didn’t get anything, so I am not surprised we didn’t get the foul.
“Robin van Persie is lucky he wasn’t killed today. I think it was the most disgraceful thing I’ve seen for a long time. I think the FA should look into it. I know [Ashley Williams] was booked but irrespective of that it should be examined by the referee again because it was the most dangerous thing I’ve seen for years.”
Attentions now turn to Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, then West Brom’s visit to Manchester on 29 December and the short trip to Wigan Athletic on New Year’s Day. “It is [a busy period],” added the boss. “And we just have to assess a few injuries.”
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