Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has criticised referee Mike Riley for his side's FA Cup exit to Everton at Wembley, which put an end to the Red Devils' quest for a quintuple of trophies in 2008/09.
Riley controversially denied United a 68th-minute penalty that would have broken the deadlock against David Moyes' Toffees, after Everton defender Phil Jagielka appeared to clip Danny Welbeck inside the danger-zone.
“When he sees it, he will probably realise he’s made a mistake," said Ferguson. "I can’t say that’s the reason for us losing entirely but I couldn’t see Everton scoring." And Welbeck - at the centre of the incident - sided with his manager.
“I was barged on my left-hand side and as I went down I was caught on the leg as well," he said.
“I had no reason just to go down because if I had not been fouled I would have scored. I was round the keeper. I’m disappointed to lose. We should have won even without that penalty because we were the better team.”
It was Jagielka himself who later ended the Reds' FA Cup hopes, converting the winning penalty in the shootout after ex-United goalkeeper Tim Howard had saved both Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand's efforts.
And 26-year-old admitted that he was expecting the penalty to be given.
“I touched him, but I’m not sure how much that caused him to go down," he said.
"Thankfully the penalty was not given. Maybe that was a bit of luck but we will take that.”
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