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Ferguson defends sent-off Scholes

Manchester United's Paul Scholes is sent off
Scholes (right) is shown his marching orders by referee Marriner

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson hit out at referee Andre Marriner for sending off Paul Scholes in their 3-1 win at Tottenham.

Scholes was dismissed for two bookable offences, the second of which seemed a debatable challenge on Tom Huddlestone.

"It was a terrible decision," raged Ferguson. "He was sent off because his name is Paul Scholes.

"I've watched it on a replay twice now and I think the Tottenham boy caught him more than Paul caught the boy."

Ferguson, who watched his team move up to second in the Premier League, added: "I didn't see any sending-off in what he did at all."

After Jermain Defoe opened the scoring for Spurs inside the first minute, goals from Ryan Giggs, Anderson and Wayne Rooney earned United the three points.


"It was always going to be hard game," said Ferguson. "Tottenham are in great form and they got off to a fantastic start in the first minutes of the game.

"It was a marvellous finish from Defoe but it was early in the game, there were still 90 minutes to play. We had to gather our game and show composure."

The loss was Tottenham's first this season after four consecutive league victories.

"I have never got carried away," said Spurs boss Harry Redknapp. "It's still a great start, 12 points from five games.

"It wasn't an easy start for us in terms of games this season, with Liverpool and Man United at home, but I fancied us to get something.

"We had a fantastic start (against United) and we were seeing three points again. But we knew they would come back - that's why they win titles and European titles.

"They have outstanding players - (Darren) Fletcher was fantastic."

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