Thank God for that. A LUCKY escape.
If you want to turn this into an "I Hate Ashley Cole" thread, feel free.
What - were Ashley's studs dented?
It's got nothing to do with Shreeves. AVB will have watched the game afterwards and is basically making excuses, as all managers do, and trying to deflect blame from his teams faults in the game and a certain open goal miss.
I expect more managers to talk about speaking with refs. It's a way of saying 'the ref was shite, it's unfair' without getting into trouble.
To be honest, I had a perfectly healthy hatred of Cashley long before this incident...Anyone else getting deja vu here? Avram Grant complained about ref decisions after the game at OT that season he was in charge at SB. He said "there were 3 key decisions in the game and they all went United's way". So, let's just ignore Joe Cole's disgusting assault on Ronaldo then shall we? A booking for that was an insult - he should have been arrested for assault.
Also, it is much harder to spot an offside in real time than it is to spot a studs-up lunge that is so late that the ball was already out of play when contact was made...But let's not let common sense ruin a bunch of perfectly sour grapes!
Great to hear that Hernandez is ok!