Old Trafford boss unhappy with lunge from Stamford Bridge star.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has declared his disgust at Chelsea defender Ashley Cole’s horror tackle on striker Javier Hernandez.
The Red Devils moved two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after beating Chelsea 3-1 in an incident-packed encounter at Old Trafford.
It is the first time for 26 years United have won their opening five league matches of the season and leaves them boasting the division’s only 100 per cent record.
Ferguson was left bewildered by Phil Dowd’s decision not to send off Cole for a studs-up lunge on Hernandez’s right shin in the second half and accused the England star of going “over the edge”.
Cole was booked but Ferguson said he would seek out Dowd to ask the official to explain why he did not brandish a red card and award United a penalty.
“It was a shocking challenge,” Ferguson said. “He [Cole] is very reckless at times.
“He is committed, of course, but he sometimes can go over the edge a bit and that was an example of that.
“The referee has booked him, but he hasn’t given a penalty kick. I don’t understand that, so I must ask him [Dowd].
“We will have to see what the damage is (to Hernandez) in the morning. His leg is very numb. He could be out for a couple of weeks.”
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas admitted Cole was fortunate not to be sent off, but argued the incident might not have happened had his players not been affected by decisions that went against Chelsea.
United’s first two goals, from Chris Smalling and Nani, were both offside.
“Maybe he wouldn’t have been sent off if the linesman does his work,” AVB said.
“He would have been less emotionally drained and maybe if it was 0-0, Ashley would have been in more control of the situation and not done that red-card foul.
“I’m not looking for excuses. It’s the reality because it’s 2-0 rather than 0-0. It was a good game for Phil [Dowd], but I’m pretty unhappy with the linesman.”