Manchester City’s Football Development Executive Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira must have a very strange remit which seems to consist of talking about United for as much as possible to whoever will listen.
Only one week after labelling United ‘desperate’ for bringing back Paul Scholes into the squad, the former Gunner’s skipper has been at it again, erroneously claiming the Reds get an advantage at Old Trafford from referees.
Vieira’s comments came after Fulham weren’t awarded what looked a clear penalty at Old Trafford on Monday night, when Danny Murphy was clipped by Michael Carrick in the United box.
Vieira told the BBC: “When United play at home they get some advantage that other teams don’t get,”
“I think when you go to United, Madrid, Barcelona or Milan, when the referees referee these kind of games, it’s always difficult to go against these kind of teams.”
However Vieira’s comments have been rubbished by former referee Graham Poll who, writing in his column for the Mail noted:
Patrick Vieira’s assertion that the big teams, especially Manchester United, are favoured by refereeing decisions in their home games is wide of the mark.
When any of the elite sides play at home they tend to dominate possession and, as a result, their opponents give away more free-kicks.
That’s a natural consequence of a smaller club going into a game knowing a draw would be a good result.
The statistics also disprove Vieira’s rantings. In the last five seasons the likes of Chelsea, Bolton, Liverpool, Everton, Fulham, Villa and Spurs have all conceded less penalties at home than United have. City in the meantime have conceded a staggering one more, a fact that no doubt shows the massive bias refs have in United’s favour….
You can read Poll’s response to Vieira’s nonsense:
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2121847/Patrick-Vieira-wrong-referees–Graham-Poll.html#ixzz1qSYpHW50
While the Guardian has a full report of what Vieira said here: