Darren Fletcher in particular. He was the hatchet man in Utd’s win over Arsenal on August 29th and did quite a number on Cesc Fabregas.
Well, after the match Arsene Wenger talked at length about the anti-football display. He did not mention Fletcher’s name but everyone can read between the lines.
It seems Fletcher is convinced that the referees have picked up on the anti-football remarks and are now targeting him. They are more likely to give free kicks against him like the one that Chelsea was awarded after his challenge bought down Ashley Cole. The free kick led to the Terry goal.
“I think we’re starting to see Mr. Wenger’s comments starting to influence referees, which is a shame really.”
Strangely enough, Wenger’s comments seem to have actually influenced Fletcher himself. He was pretty innocuous in the Chelsea match. It seemed more a case of a make up call by Martin Atkinson following the non-call on Jonny Evans studs up charge on Drogba.
I am not sure why the referees waited that long to test Wenger’s thesis. It’s been almost six
weeks since those remarks were made. But those cunning little so and so’s selected the big Chelsea showdown to catch Fletcher in their dragnet?
Wayne Rooney’s mouthing 12 men also seems to be doing more harm than good. A fair bit of paranoia in the Man Utd dressing room nowadays. But if you have a manager who harangues referees for every adverse result, it is a self inflicted wound.