SPORT TALK: United snub out of order

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THE media blackout issued by Manchester United last weekend really was pathetic.

Of course, I’d be pretty upset if Dutch plodder Dirk Kuyt managed to score a hat-trick against my team, but to blank the club’s fans before and after their biggest game of any season was bang out of order.

Sir Alex Ferguson looks to have thrown one of his trademark wobblies after the worst United team in the last ten years were finally exposed by defeats to Chelsea and Liverpool.

Naturally they were both down to poor refereeing decisions and a media witch-hunt, not the shortcomings of his increasingly average side.

As a journalist who relies on various managers to get two papers out a week, the snub really struck a chord.

Recently Holbeach United manager John Chand took time out from a holiday in Tenerife to chew over a United Counties League fixture, while former Bourne Town boss Mark Cook once rang me back from Los Angeles to confirm a signing.

Ex-Spalding United supremo Richard Scott even accepted a call from me during a round of golf.

I’m also indebted to the likes of Harry Sharman and Andy Stanhope for giving up valuable minutes of their lunch break each and every week.

Without their input their respective teams would not receive the same coverage, leaving their loyal fans with little to read about.

I guess on a national level it’s a different ball game, but surely all football fans out there want to hear Fergie’s views on Jamie Carragher’s horror tackle? On the title race? On Ryan Giggs becoming the club’s all-time record appearance maker?

It seems, as ever, that old red nose will escape any punishment, though. He’s above the law.

• HAVE you ever seen a softer red card than Robin van Persie’s on Tuesday night? Since the retirement of the excellent Pierluigi Collina, football refereeing really has hit an all-time low worldwide - highlighted by hapless Howard Webb getting the World Cup final last year.