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Talking Point: 4th officials can stop the injustice


Let's be perfectly clear. This is NOT about Manchester United defender Rafael being red carded in the scoreless draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon. That incident was simply the latest example of the injustices which happen in football all too frequently. All clubs have suffered by them but there's absolutely no reason why they should continue to occur. Huge amounts of money can depend on those type of split second decisions. They can make the difference between championships being won or lost, gain a money spinning spot in European competition and can even result in the ultimate penalty of relegation. The sad fact is that all these controversies can be so easily eliminated!

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United power on as Tottenham is denied


The first priority for Manchester United was to avoid defeat at White Hart Lane and in the end it was a case of mission accomplished. Tottenham will consider this scoreless draw a missed opportunity after defender Rafael was harshly red carded 17 minutes from the end but with captain Nemanja Vidic an absolute colossus in the centre of the defence, United held out for the point that takes them back to the top of the table with two games in hand.

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United on target for another first against Valencia


Despite the heavy 0-4 defeat suffered at West Ham in the Carling Cup last week, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to again leave a number of senior players out of his starting lineup for Tuesday night’s Champions League meeting with Valencia. Both clubs have already qualified for the knockout round although top spot in Group C is still up for grabs. United have 13 points from five games and will win the group if they avoid defeat against the Spaniards.

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