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Manchester United v Chelsea: Ashley Cole’s ‘shocking’ tackle on Javier Hernandez angers Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson labelled Ashley Cole “very reckless” after the Chelsea defender’s late challenge on Javier Hernandez left the forward facing an ankle injury lay-off.


England full-back Cole was booked by referee Phil Dowd for the 77th-minute challenge on the Mexican, which resulted in Hernandez being replaced by Dimitar Berbatov.

And United manager Ferguson admitted that Hernandez could be sidelined for at least two weeks as a result of Cole going “over the edge”.

Ferguson added: “He’s very reckless at times, Ashley Cole. He is committed of course, but he sometimes can go over the edge a bit and that was an example of that.

“It was a shocking challenge. The referee has booked him for it so I don’t know why it wasn’t a penalty. I must ask him.

“We will have to see what the damage is during the week, but his [Hernandez’s] leg is very numb. He could be out for a couple of weeks.”

Despite United’s ultimately comfortable victory, the 3-1 scoreline did little to reflect the missed chances by both sides. Wayne Rooney sent a second-half penalty over the crossbar and Fernando Torres wasted two simple chances — the second when he missed an open goal from six yards.

Ferguson admitted Torres let United off the hook with his “bad miss”, but Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insisted that his striker was not alone in missing easy chances.

“I really don’t know what effect it will have, but we saw also Wayne Rooney miss a penalty,” Villas-Boas said. “The worst things happen to the best strikers in the world and today it happened to both of them.

“It was a good goal early in the second half [by Torres] and the rest does not matter. Luck did not fall on our side.”

Manchester United moved five points clear of Chelsea with the victory, but Villas-Boas claimed his team are progressing well, despite the defeat.

“I believe in the way we are playing and it is to the benefit of everyone. We tried to attack as much as we can,” he said. “Both teams are even and there is a long way to go in the Premier League.”

United’s victory ensured their best start to a league season since 1985-86, when Ron Atkinson’s team won their opening 10 fixtures before going on to finish fourth.

Ferguson admitted, however, that United were fortunate to win so handsomely on a day when Chelsea carved out a series of goalscoring chances.

“We made things hard for ourselves by giving the ball away so many times in attacking areas,” he said. “In the first half Chelsea could have scored two or three.

“Some of our football was terrific, though, even if we were careless at times. We should have finished it off, but Chelsea are always a threat because they have experience and kept at us.”

Ferguson said of Rooney’s penalty miss: “I don’t know what Wayne was trying to do with the penalty. I was dumbstruck by that one. He normally takes them very well.”

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