Fuming Sir Alex Ferguson accused Manchester United of throwing away victory after Everton scored two goals in stoppage time to snatch a 3-3 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Ferguson was left shaking his head in disbelief after his 700th Premier League game in charge saw the Red Devils squander a 3-1 lead and what would have been a valuable three points.
It was the second time this season that United had been deprived of an away victory late on following their 2-2 draw with Fulham last month — a total of four lost points that may come back to haunt Ferguson’s men in the title race.
“Football can do that to you,” Ferguson said. “In a game of a completely comfortable position we’ve thrown it away – simple as that.
“The last two away games have been like that. We lost a goal against Fulham with two minutes to go, and the same again today. We had chances to bury Everton and we didn’t do it.
“We played some good football at times.”
Ferguson was able to take solace from the performance of Dimitar Berbatov, who led the line superbly in the absence of Wayne Rooney, reportedly battling to save his marriage after reports linking him to a prostitute.
“Berbatov I thought was our best player. I thought he was absolutely brilliant today but that’s all wasted because we’ve given the two points away,” Ferguson said.
Everton’s Australian international Tim Cahill — whose header had begun the fightback — said the Toffees had deserved a point.
“To be honest it’s quite unreal but I think if we look at the chances we gave away and the chances we missed it’s probably a fair result in the end,” Cahill told Sky Sports 2.
“It just shows the fight. We’ve tried and tried the last couple of games and it hasn’t happened. Today it was a great result.”
Everton boss David Moyes was furious after referee Martin Atkinson blew for full-time as his team surged forward on the counter-attack.
“There’s always ifs and buts,” said Moyes.
“It would have been nice for a bit of commonsense at the end, to see whether (Edwin) van der Sar would have saved it or whether we would have scored, but it happens.”
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