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Liverpool's Fernando Torres has Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson seeing red

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Liverpool striker Fernando Torres of trying to get John O’Shea sent off during his side’s 3-2 win at Old Trafford yesterday.

O’Shea brought the Spaniard down on the edge of the box to hand a free-kick to Liverpool — which Steven Gerrard dispatched to make it 2-2 — and as the last man was lucky only to have received a yellow card.

However Ferguson claimed that having studied the footage again, Torres was doing all he could to have the Irishman red-carded.

“I've watched it. Definitely, Torres made a meal of it. There's no doubt he tried to get the player sent off,” said Ferguson.

And the Old Trafford boss also mocked his fierce rivals by claiming that the result, which was secured as a result of Dimitar Berbatov’s superb hat-trick, would prove to be a ‘catastrophe’ for Roy Hodgson’s side.

“The build-up to these games is such that, if one doesn't win, it's a catastrophe. For Liverpool, this is a catastrophe,” he added.

But Hodgson countered: “To use words like catastrophe is a bit strong unless you are talking about winning the league.”

Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has told Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given that he can leave the club in January.

Given had voiced his concerns at not featuring having lost his place to England’s Joe Hart.

“I understand his frustration but I need that Shay stays here and puts in 100 per cent,” Mancini said. “In January if he decides to leave I respect his decision.”

Mancini was speaking after his side’s 2-0 win over Wigan, while Chelsea kept up their superb goalscoring form with a 4-0 victory over Blackpool.

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