Sir Alex Ferguson hits out over added time in Manchester United's defeat by Tottenham

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United manager checks his watch during the defeat by Tottenham

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Sir Alex Ferguson described the amount of time added on in Manchester United's 3-2 defeat to Tottenham as 'an insult' and wants the responsibility to be taken away from referees.

Chris Foy played four additional minutes in the second half at Old Trafford as the Red Devils laid siege to their opponents' goal in an attempt to get back on level terms.

United were unable to find a way through as they slumped to a surprise loss, which ended Tottenham's 23-year wait for a win at Old Trafford and left Ferguson's side four points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea.

But the Scot was furious at what he believed was a lack of additional time, which he felt did not take into account six substitutions and some tactics from the visitors to run the clock down.

"They gave four minutes. It is an insult. It is ridiculous. It is denying you the proper chance to win the football match."

Sir Alex Ferguson

And, as happens in rugby league, Ferguson feels referees should be stripped of the responsibility.

"It is a flaw in the game that referees are responsible for time-keeping," he said. "It is nearly 2013 and the referee still has control of that.

"They gave four minutes. It is an insult. It is ridiculous. It is denying you the proper chance to win the football match.

"There were six substitutions and the trainer came on. That is four minutes right away.

"The goalkeeper must have wasted two minutes. They took their time at every goal kick. That is obvious to everyone."