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30/03/2012 09:30

Papers: Boss vs Vieira

Neil Custis writes in The Sun...

Fergie: Shouldn’t Vieira face FA charge?
Alex Ferguson cranked up the title mind games last night by suggesting Patrick Vieira could face an FA charge. The Old Trafford boss was reacting angrily to the Frenchman's allegations that Manchester United get favours from referees.  He pointed out that Vieira, as an employee of Manchester City, could potentially risk an FA rap for daring to question referees' professionalism. Ferguson said: “He's more or less saying all the refs have been wrong this season and you're not supposed to discuss referees. He is a paid official isn't he?” Vieira is employed as City's football development executive and his comments came after Fulham were denied a last-gasp penalty at Old Trafford last Monday that could have cost United two points in their title battle with City. Yet Ferguson claimed United get the rough end of lots of decisions and it is City who have been lucky. He added: “Somebody said a few years ago that Manchester United always get penalty kicks at Old Trafford. But when you go through the statistics since I have been here, it only averages out at three a year. You cannot say that is a lot for an attacking team like ourselves.”

The Mirror includes the headline “I’ll set Keano on you” after Sir Alex joked that he might bring Roy Keane out of retirement to take on Vieira, telling reporters: “I can bring Keane back if he wants, make it interesting!” Keane and Vieira were famously competitive during separate careers for United and Arsenal, and were once involved in a now-infamous pre-match tunnel bust-up at Highbury.

Elsewhere, The Guardian says some United fans are already selling T-shirts hailing a 20th English title win, despite there still being eight games left in the Barclays Premier League.

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