Papers: FA to activate ban?
Ferguson faces ban for latest referee jibe
The Football Association is to consider activating Sir Alex Ferguson's two-match suspended touchline ban following his attack on Mark Clattenburg's refereeing after the dismissal of Darren Fletcher in Manchester United's 1-1 draw against Birmingham City. "You'll not see a softer sending-off than that," Ferguson said of the Fletcher dismissal. "For a start he's not that kind of player. He clips the boy [Cameron Jerome.] The boy actually stumbles. He didn't even go down. I think it was a terribly soft sending off." Clattenburg believes nothing of the sort. The official from Tyne and Wear said yesterday that Fletcher had "cynically tripped the Birmingham player" having been warned about dissent and then booked for a tackle on Lee Bowyer.Ian Herbert, The Independent
claim Dimitar Berbatov may face three months out with a knee operation. The striker missed Saturday’s draw with Birmingham and after the game Sir Alex told reporters: "Dimitar wanted to play with it but we felt we should try to get it [the knee] sorted and get him fit again. "He may have to have an exploratory operation."
Meanwhile, Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail believes the United boss has "killed off" Michael Owen’s dreams of a World Cup place. This comes after new signing Mame Biram Diouf was selected ahead of the former England striker from the bench against Birmingham.