Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fergie Cites Big Al in Elbow Warning

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fergie Cites Big Al in Elbow Warning

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Byline: By Mark Bradley

Sir alex ferguson warned that a player will suffer serious injury due to the growing use of elbows as he insisted Manchester United are still on course for the title following their draw at Highbury.

United maintained their three-point lead at the top of the table, albeit having played a game more than Arsenal, after the 2-2 draw against their leading rivals.

Sol Campbell's late red card for an apparent elbow towards Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the most controversial moment of a frenetic game.

And while the Arsenal defender insisted that contact was accidental, Ferguson believes that the problem is increasing in the game.

He highlighted Gary Mabbutt's broken cheekbone several years ago, while also recalling his similar complaint about a supposed elbow incident involving Alan Shearer at Newcastle last weekend.

"I'm getting really concerned about elbows. Someone is going to get a serious injury as it's happening far too often," insisted the United boss.

"I haven't seen this incident again, in fairness to Sol Campbell but people seem to have forgotten what happened to Gary Mabbutt a few years ago. I think that's coming back into the game."

Shearer nevertheless said last night: "It's impossible to jump for the ball, or run with it, without leverage in using your arms.

"So now and again, someone is going to get caught. It's the nature of the game, unfortunately."

As for last night's result, Ferguson seemed relatively satisfied, at least with the way that his side battled back after falling behind to two strikes by Thierry Henry, one of which seemed clearly offside.

The United boss said: "From a neutral's point of view, it was absorbing. From a manager's point of view, I need a good night's sleep now!

"I'm proud of my players. In the first-half, in particular, they were fantastic. …

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