Sir Alex Ferguson blasted Swansea captain Ashley Williams after the defender smashed the ball into Robin Van Persie’s head after the Dutchman had been fouled.
The United manager was quick to launch an attack on the defender, going on to claim that he could have killed Van Persie and that he was lucky to be alive. Such comments have been refuted by former Swansea manager Roberto Martinez saying he is not a nasty footballer. But seriously, how much of a crass comment was that?
Quite clearly, Ferguson wants to protect his player here. Such an act has been seen in the past, and the Scotsman went on to say how it was one of the worst football incidents he has seen in years. Van Persie was on the verge of starting a fight with Williams had his teammates not intervened. The media became distracted from the incident when Ferguson said his player was lucky to be alive, again possibly a method to protect Van Persie after he tried to fight the defender.
Sir Alex is known as the master of mind games and deception when it comes to on field incidents and pre match buildup and it seems as if he has taken it to another level with this recent incident. Whatever be the case, the media has not been focusing on Van Persie’s retaliation but rather on Ferguson’s comments and the Swansea defender’s action.