Blackburn manager Mark Hughes has hit back at Alex Ferguson’s claim that his side “foul all the time”.
The United boss made his assertion following Blackburn’s 4-3 victory against Manchester United last night.
United’s England defender Rio Ferdinand was sent off shortly before full-time following a foul challenge on Robbie Savage – earning his second yellow card - as the Reds’ second-half fightback proved futile.
And Ferguson was quick to disparage former United striker Hughes’ team’s style of play – an issue the Rovers manager had to fight on occasions last season - and also claimed “they foul all the time”.
But Hughes countered: “To be perfectly honest, I couldn’t understand where Sir Alex was coming from.
“It took a bit of the joy and emotion out of the game for me when I heard the comments.
“I just think Sir Alex, maybe on reflection will change his own personal view on how he actually viewed the game.
“I thought some of his comments were a bit harsh, he highlighted a number of my players as well, which he didn’t need to do.”
Ferguson took issue with Ferdinand’s dismissal. His foul tackle injured Savage, who left the field on a stretcher.
“Rio did it twice in two minutes while their centre-back Andy Todd committed about 10 fouls in the first half and was not punished,” said the Scot.
But former Wales boss Hughes said: “I think one of his (Ferguson) comments was he couldn’t defend my team – I don’t need anyone to defend my team.
“I’m disappointed with those comments.”