Ferguson asked to explain comments

Sir Alex Ferguson has been asked by the Football Association to explain his comments regarding assistant referee Simon Beck following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Manchester United manager labelled the official’s performance ‘shocking’ after refusing to award a penalty to the league leaders following Stephen Caulker’s challenge on Wayne Rooney.

It is not the first time Ferguson has clashed with Beck after the latter’s decision to allow Didier Drogba to score from an offside position when Chelsea beat United 2-1 at Old Trafford on route to lifting the league trophy, finishing ahead of the Red Devils by a single point.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper David De Gea has faced more criticism following the error that led to Clint Dempsey’s stoppage time equaliser on Sunday.

Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen laid the blame at the 22 year old, while United legend Gary Neville believes the Spaniard cost his side victory, whilst maintaining that he has the potential to improve.

Elsewhere, the club have reportedly agreed a fee of £15 million with Crystal Palace for winger Wilfred Zaha, though should the deal go ahead the England international may return to the Championship club on loan for the rest of this season.