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Ferguson upset with referee Wiley

"It was a battle, but Everton turned it into a battle in the second half. Their crowd were up for it and in fairness you have to give them credit because they unsettled us and we started to give the ball away."
Ferguson felt Man Utd players were not protected

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson accused referee Alan Wiley of failing to protect his players in the 1-1 draw at Everton.

Darren Fletcher gave United the lead, but Everton unsettled the champions and Marouane Fellaini equalised.

Ferguson said: "I don't think the referee protected our players enough. I don't know what the game's coming to with some of the tackles going in.

"With the ferocity of the challenges, somebody's going to get a bad injury."

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Ferguson gave Everton credit for turning the game at Goodison Park on its head after the champions had controlled the first 45 minutes.

He said: "It was a battle, but Everton turned it into a battle in the second half. Their crowd were up for it and in fairness you have to give them credit because they unsettled us and we started to give the ball away and that's cost us the match."

Ferguson also took Wayne Rooney off after he had been booked for a collision with Mikel Arteta, then angered the crowd at his former club by kissing the badge on his United shirt.

But Ferguson felt the blame lay with referee Wiley again, saying: "The referee was to blame, and the crowd was egging him on and there was every chance he may have been sent off, and not for anything he did in the game.

"You get a booking for nothing and then you wonder what the referee is going to do next.

"Cristiano Ronaldo had a chance near the end if he could have dug it out of his feet, but we didn't deserve anything because at that point it was a hanging-on job."

Everton boss David Moyes, in contrast, was delighted with how his side responded after being outclassed in the first half.

He said: "I was actually a bit disappointed we didn't win the game in the second half, but drawing with Manchester United at the present time is a good result for us.

"Fellaini has done well for us. He's only a 20-year-old boy and he has come into a side that has not been playing well. He is one for the future and I have no doubts he will be a star for us in years to come.

"I won't lie, if you had said to me before the game would I take a draw I would have said yes and I'm pleased with the way we played in the second half."

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