Fergie vows to avoid paranoia

The teams will meet in the Champions League quarter-finals next

month, and also have a Premier League match at Old Trafford in May,

which could have an impact on the title race. Ferguson was given a

five-match touchline ban and a £30,000 fine by the Football

Association following his verbal attack on referee Martin Atkinson

at Stamford Bridge in February. After United’s 2-1 defeat, Ferguson

questioned why the Yorkshire-based official had been given the

game. He criticised Atkinson’s failure to send Blues defender David

Luiz off for fouls on Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney after the

Brazilian had already been booked, then expressed comments the FA

disciplinary panel felt had questioned the official’s integrity.

Ferguson believes there have been more instances of incorrect calls

going against his side in recent matches against Chelsea. He told

ESPN Press Pass: “I think the last few games we’ve had terrible

decisions against us and you’ve just got to be careful you don’t

have paranoia about it. “But ability-wise we’re a good team, we

played exceptionally well at Chelsea in the last game. We were

very, very unlucky and we didn’t deserve to lose the game.” United

travel to London to face Carlo Ancelotti’s side next Wednesday in

the first leg of the quarter-final, with memories of that

performance at Stamford Bridge last time providing Ferguson with

encouragement. He said: “We take that into the game because

ability-wise we don’t have a problem.” Ferguson says he understands

why referees are protected by the game’s authorities, but believes

there should be a right to freely discuss performances of

officials, providing any criticism is justifiable. “If you speak

your mind it’s a problem in the game,” Ferguson said. “They’re very

strong in supporting the referees. “In a way I totally agree with

that, but there’s got to be fair comment also, and I think I try to

do that.” While his focus is on bringing trophies to Old Trafford,

Ferguson keeps half an eye on events across Manchester. And the

United boss expects rivals Manchester City to keep former Red

Devils striker Carlos Tevez at Eastlands beyond the summer. Tevez

submitted a transfer request earlier in the season but has since

made his peace with the club, so while Ferguson was not taken aback

by news the Argentinian was keen to leave, he now sees the former

United frontman staying in the city. Ferguson said: “Knowing the

background, the people who represent him, I’m not surprised, but I

don’t think Manchester City would want to let him go. “He’s had a

great time there, he’s been their top goalscorer, their best player

in the last two years, so why would they want to sell him? “You

don’t know everything at every club of course but it seemed to have

settled down and I think in Mancini they have a strong manager who

can deal with that.”