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Sir Alex Ferguson: 'Jonjo Shelvey deserved red card'

Ferguson: 'Shelvey deserved red card'
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Alex Ferguson believes that Jonjo Shelvey's challenge on Jonny Evans warranted the red card that it received.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that Liverpool Jonjo Shelvey deserved to be sent off during the meeting of the North-West rivals this afternoon.

England youth international Shelvey was dismissed by referee Mark Halsey just before the break for a sliding challenge on United defender Jonny Evans.

Discussing the dismissal, Ferguson believes that Halsey was left with no choice but the brandish a red card.

"Jonjo Shelvey's sending off was a clear red card, there was a dangerous attempt to go for the ball. Jonny Evans went for the ball and got it, and I don't think there was any other decision referee could make," Ferguson told BBC Sport.

United went on to win the match 2-1.

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