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Middlesbrough Boss Insists ‘We Respect United’… Yeh Right

Ahead of United’s match against Middlesbrough on Monday, Ferguson spoke of a need to end a feud between the two clubs.

“Over the years we have had some contentious games, culminating earlier in the season with the Carling Cup tie,” said Ferguson. “A terrible tackle put Rodrigo Possebon out of the game but could easily have broken his leg. I lost my temper at the time but hopefully that challenge has served to bring both clubs to their senses. I feel the healing process started when their manager and his coach apologised for the tackle and things said in the heat of the moment. I think we understand better now that we are involved in games of football and not a war. I am sure we can build a better relationship.”

Southgate has rubbished this claim today though, insisting that Boro have the utmost respect for United and everything we’ve won.

“Suggestions that there is a feud between the two clubs is nonsense,” said Southgate. “And as far as I’m concerned there’s no way there’s any bad feeling at all. We have the greatest respect for United and everything they have achieved.”

Somehow, I just don’t buy it.

Outrageously, Ronaldo was called a cheat by Gareth Southgate, for winning a penalty at the Riverside. Replays showed that whilst the goalkeeper did not make contact with the player, he also didn’t touch the ball. Ronaldo tried to stay on his feet so he could guide the ball in to the open net, but tripped trying to avoid the legs of the keeper.

Southgate later admitted he was wrong to call Ronaldo a cheat and that he hadn’t dived.

We played Middlesbrough again and Ronaldo won a penalty again. The Boro fans went mental again, calling him a diver.

“When I looked at it on tape, Ronaldo’s body language said he was waiting for it,” said Boateng. “And when I watched Woodgate’s leg closely, I don’t think he made any contact at all. But Ronaldo cleverly left his leg behind so it looked like he touched him.”

Woodgate later spoke about the penalty decision, siding with Ronaldo, insisting it wasn’t a dive.

“Whether it was a penalty or not, I don’t know,” said Woodgate. “I couldn’t honestly tell myself but I don’t think he dived so you can’t blame him. He’s a fantastic player. There is a touch of genius in him and to be fair, he lights up the Premiership.”

Towards the end of that match, Morrison violently took Ronaldo out, which was met with cheers from the away end. What was Ronaldo’s crime? He was letting the clock tick down in injury time, walking with the ball towards the corner flag. Boateng justified Morrison’s violence.

“A lot of players want to do what Morrison did. Why didn’t Ronaldo do his tricks when it was 0-0 when people were fighting to get a goal? That annoys people,” said Boateng. “I’m not saying Morrison wanted to spoil his career or I’d ever do anything like that. But one day somebody will do it, whether in an international or in the Premier League. People don’t like it. No one likes to have the mickey taken out of them. One day, someone will hurt him properly and he’ll be out for a long time.”

United played Middlesbrough in the League Cup three months ago. Boro captain Emanuel Pogatetz planted his studs just below Rodrigo Possebon’s knee. Our young player had to be stretchered off the field taking gas with fears of a broken leg. Fortunately, he was just out for a couple of months. Pogatetz has already broken a players leg, scarily aged just 22-years-old.

When we played Boro at the beginning of this week, Pogatetz strangled Ronaldo in the box. The referee didn’t send Pogatetz off or award a penalty. The FA have not acted.

Go fuck yourself, Southgate. There is a feud and it’s thanks to your players, so don’t go playing the innocent card now.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Bernard Boro says:

    Chip on your shoulder or what!

    Don’t take it all so seriously! Its only sport, not the outbreak of World War 3. Or is that what you really want – all out war!

    You could find plenty of incidents where teams have felt unjustified by decisions against them when playing the ‘big’ teams, or where they have, god-forbid, fouled a man utd player! Why pick on boro? Is it because we keep scaring you with close results and occasional defeats?

  2. Kings says:

    Fuck off Southgate you goofy small time cunt. As for that cunt Boeteng, a typical small time comment from a shit player, who has now moved onto a bigger club known as Hull City.

  3. reddevil88 says:

    times like this are when we need a keano on the field.
    one which makes the opposition pussies even fear to play this kind of rough game. they think bullying tactics will work and i certainly hope it doesn’t have the effect on us the same way it had on the gooners.

  4. ellioman says:

    You should do an annual ‘FA Fuck-ups list’….
    Although you have been quite good at pointing out all the stupid moves FA has been doing, it would be nice to have a single blog entry devoted to the fuck-ups FA did in 2008 ;)

  5. Coogie says:

    Wonder if Southgates feeling for United comes from the stud marks keano left him in 95 semi final!So he encourages his players to stick the boot in! keano stamping on southgate is always a classic to me!

  6. Mic says:

    I don’t get why Boateng didn’t get punished for it by the FA, oh wait, he doesn’t play for us…

  7. spencer says:

    Excellent blog scot

    Oh and Bernard

    ‘scaring us’ you say. PMSL. Do remind us where you are in the table

  8. james f says:

    “One day, someone will hurt him properly and he’ll be out for a long time.”
    Well, until now, Ronaldo has proved to be unhurtable (if there’s such a word) and this makes them more and more irritated.

  9. EastStandManc says:

    Haha Boateng is a classic. This from the same player who admits regretting choosing Holland over Ghana ’cause he was too shit to break into the Oranje midfield setup long-term.

    Small-time player, small-time comments.

    I have mixed feelings regarding ‘Boro. Their players can be fucking muppets at times, admittedly, but their fans were the only ones other than United fans to stick up for Steve-o after he got the sack, probably because of what he’d done for them on the pitch and the legacy of the Academy he left for them off it. I like the fact that if their lads are good enough, they play, and that most of them are locals, too.

    In any case, we have worse histories with ‘smaller’ clubs. This one with ‘Boro isn’t even what I’d call a feud – certainly not in the Dipper/Leeds/Citeh/Chel$ki/Arsenal mould, anway.

  10. Redcar Red says:

    Scott you need to get out more and find positive things to fill your life with, I bet you are a real barrel of laughs at parties!

    Just to keep you twitching this is what the Daily Telegraph are saying about your Madrid bound boy:

    ” Ronaldo has clashed with Celtic’s Scott Brown, Tottenham’s Michael Dawson and Andy Wilkinson, of Stoke City, in recent weeks. He also earned a red card for two bookable offences against Manchester City.

    Pogatetz too has history with United. He was sent-off in the Carling Cup tie between the sides earlier this season after a knee-high lunge on Rodrigo Possebon. ”

    Maybe its me but is it possible that there is more than a Boro pattern emerging here?

    Don’t know why you are so sensitive about someone who doesn’t respect your club or its supporters and who was literally dragged kicking and screaming back to OT after the summer break.

  11. wiuru... says:

    Redcar .Are you sure you are not Seamus O’Toole ?

  12. rooney_thebest says:

    100 % agree with reddevil88…we need someone like Keano to stop this nonsense….get in a combative lad who would give it as good as he gets….we need that powerful presence in the midfield…its too lightweight…no matter how much Fletch improves his game he’s never gonna be one…neither is Carrick…Hargo’s always out….get some like Mascherano…hate to say it…but thats the sad situation..

  13. King Eric says:

    rooneythebest: Know what you are saying mate but Fletcher and certainly Ando can mix it up if needed (just ask the convict Stevie Me or Fabregas)!

  14. ccole says:

    Let me start off with saying that without doubt, Ronaldo is one of the most gifted players in the world. I can’t name another player who has at least half of his skill, who I dislike so much. The reason for that disrespect is because he is a cheat. The longer the people within Manchester United defend his actions, the longer he will do it.

    Funny how the only time I have seen him get up after a crunching tackle was when Morrison hit him hard at OT. I have seen him require 5 mins of treatment after a shoulder charge, but the time he got clattered for trying to take the pish, 1-0 up with 30 seconds to go, he was up no problem.

    The way he has extracted the urine out of the United fans over his end of season move to Madrid is also a disgrace.

    It’s so strange that they can’t see it? To mention his name in the same day, let alone the same sentence as George Best is a disgrace.

  15. Boronut says:

    Only a Man Utd fan could possible suggest that Ronaldo is not a cheat or a diver. Lets see what they say when he is playing for Real Madrid and cheats them out of a competition.

  16. King Eric says:

    ccole: “the only time I have seen him get up after a crunching tackle” . Cunt

  17. King Eric says:

    Boronut: Take it you haven’t seen Ronaldo s latest comments. You really ain’t got a clue.

  18. TonyBee says:

    Memo to all Boro fansposting on ROM: You sad, sad cunts, you must have been dropped on your fucking heads at birth to follow such a talentless crew with a total twat as a manager……. says it all really…!


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