Fergie rubs salt into City wounds

MANCHESTER - Sir Alex Ferguson has rubbed salt into the Manchester City’s wounds in the wake of their League Cup exit by claiming his Manchester United side could have scored “six or seven” in Wednesday night’s semi-final second leg.

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Published: Thu 28 Jan 2010, 7:19 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:07 AM

United needed a stoppage time strike from Wayne Rooney to clinch a 3-1 win that sent Ferguson’s men to the final 4-3 on aggregate but the United boss felt the contest should have been settled long before then.

“We missed a lot of chances,” Ferguson said. “Edwin van der Sar made one marvellous save (from a Micah Richards’ shot) after half-time but we produced a marvellous performance in the second half. We could have scored six or seven.”

United will face Aston Villa in the final at the end of next month but Ferguson’s attention now turns to Sunday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal at The Emirates.

United are set to be without Rio Ferdinand for the clash with the England centreback facing a Football Assocation disciplinary hearing on Friday after being charged with violent conduct over an incident in which he caught Hull forward Craig Fagan in the face with a swinging arm during United’s 4-0 win over the Tigers at the weekend.

By denying the offence, Ferdinand ensured he was free to play against City but he is also risking having the standard three-match ban increased to four games if the FA decide there was no basis for the appeal.

Ferguson said United would argue that Ferdinand was as much sinned-against as sinner.

“If he gets a fair hearing Rio has a good chance,” the Scot argued. “He was getting wrestled and punched. There were all sorts of things happening. He was just trying to get himself free of it and unfortunately caught the lad on the back of the neck.”

Ferguson meanwhile has hailed van der Sar’s performance against City as evidence that the 39-year-old remains the best goalkeeper in the Premier League.

“I know there are a few young keepers out there doing very well but Edwin is the best in the league just now,” the United manager said. “It is not just his saves, it is his composure and use of the ball. It is good to have him back.”

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