While Steven Gerrrard has admitted that he mis-hit his free-kick for Liverpool’s opener against Manchester United, what has incurred the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson is the fact that the Red Devils wall separated to allow the ball to go past David De Gea.
The main culprit appeared to be Ryan Giggs, who strayed from his position in the wall, with Ferguson saying: “It was very difficult. The referee is under a lot of pressure and I’m not surprised they got the free-kick.
“It’s exactly the same as last year. The wide players left the wall and it was bad defensive play.
“I didn’t think they were really threatening until they scored the goal but then the game opened up and we took the chance. In the context of today the result is fair.”
However, Ferguson was full of praise for Javier Hernandez who was once again the right man in the right place to score a valuable equaliser at Anfield.
“Hernandez did it again,” enthused Ferguson. “When you see the goal he was strangled by Martin Skrtel but he managed to free himself.
“His goals-per-game ratio is fantastic. You always think he can score. That is the great thing about him.”