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Boss slams replay stories

Sir Alex Ferguson is happy to have despatched Tottenham Hotspur from the FA Cup at the first attempt - but he insists a fourth-round replay would not have been an issue for his injury-ravaged squad.

The United boss was angry when his remarks on the possibility of playing extra-time instead of a replay were misreported by a national newspaper.

"It was scandalous stuff in The Sun newspaper, scandalous," Sir Alex told MUTV. "I don't know what we do about these people.

"There was never any question of Manchester United asking to scrap replays. I said that (in my press conference) yesterday. You can’t deny clubs like Southend and Torquay the chance to get some glory for themselves and get some revenue.

"I’d have taken a replay (against Tottenham), I don’t think there would have been any problem with that. But nonetheless it’s better to get through."

Parity that might have led to a replay was scarce on Saturday. First, Roman Pavlyuchenko broke the deadlock in Tottenham's favour after just five minutes and when United later levelled at 1-1, that scoreline survived only fleetingly.

"We recovered well - the goalkeeper made two or three good saves and Carlos Tevez hit the crossbar," reflected Sir Alex, on the period when his team trailed 0-1.

"Then Paul (Scholes) got us back in the game. I'm not sure if it was going wide (before it hit Spurs' Tom Huddlestone), but I think it should be credited to him because it was a terrific hit.

"Berbatov’s (winning) goal was fantastic, from a marvellous pass by Michael Carrick."
 

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a little story appeared in the sun that fergie had said he was considering invoking an fa cup rule whereby teams can agree to play extra time instead of a replay. it's usually meant to help little teams, but the sun suggested we were trying to use it.
 
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