Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (33) confronts Manchester United's Alex Ferguson on the touchline
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey deserved his red card during the Red Devils' 2-1 victory at Anfield and claimed that the 20-year-old tried to blame him for his dismissal.
Ferguson's side was able to scrape the win thanks to Robin van Persie's penalty in 81st minute after the Reds had been reduced to 10 men in the first half, reports Goal.com.
Shelvey vented his anger at the United boss as he was leaving the field and posted on Twitter after the match claiming that the 70-year-old had contributed to the referee's decision to award a red card.
"I think it's a clear sending off, I've absolutely no doubts about it," Ferguson told MUTV. "I've seen the replay. It was reckless. Jonny Evans, who has dived in, went for the ball and got the ball, no question about that, but Shelvey was nowhere near getting the ball and could have given Jonny Evans a real bad injury. He was very lucky, actually.
"He [Shelvey] came and blamed me. Why not? Why look at himself in the mirror? Just blame someone else. I think the boy's young and when he looks at it again he'll realize the stupidity of it. He may apologize, he may not."
Ferguson admitted that he was not pleased with his side's performance but expressed his delight at sealing an important result at Anfield.