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17/01/2011 08:09

Papers: Silence says it all

Ferguson bites tongue
Sir Alex Ferguson was clearly fuming but the Manchester United boss managed to contain his anger at referee Mike Dean for the controversial decision to send off defender Rafael da Silva. The Brazilian was sent off with 16 minutes left when Dean, who had already booked the right-back for a nasty tackle on Wilson Palacios, brandished a second yellow card after Rafael clipped the heels of Tottenham's Benoît Assou-Ekotto. Afterward, Ferguson bit his tongue, having found himself in trouble in the past for criticising Dean. The United manager said: "I don't need to discuss that. You can see that for yourself. I don't have to discuss the referee. It's out of my bounds now, thank God." Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp had every sympathy with Ferguson. "It was very, very harsh," he said. "It was Mary Decker and Zola Budd, he was just running and clipped his heels. Very harsh."
Mark Fleming, The Independent

The Sun claim Rafael , suspended for United's next game, could face further sanctions due to his angry reaction to the dismissal. The paper says the defender confronted Mike Dean, "making a mockery of the Respect campaign".

Meanwhile, Jonn Dillon, writing in The Express, praises the Reds for a display full of character and grit. He writes: "The journey back from the brink remains a slow and tortuous one for Wayne Rooney but it presents no great worry for Manchester United while the whole team continue their communal wait to really get started again... Just because United are not playing with their familiar dazzle just now, it does not mean they are not still working to the principles which have made them so successful."

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