Jamie Carragher was guilty of a few rash challenges in his time at Liverpool, and one of them came during the 2011 meeting between us and United at Anfield.
He smashed into their Portuguese winger Nani with an ugly lunge (to be fair, Nani probably deserved it!), and the crowd held their collective breath — they thought they knew what was coming.
We’ll let Jamie tell the rest of the story:
“I was on favourable terms with the referee Phil Dowd. I got him on my own, pulled him and said ‘he just beat me with skills’.
“Everyone is fighting and I got him over like an experienced pro.
“Did I think it was a red card at the time? Oh yeah. I’ve seen the reaction of all the players but like I said, I got Phil Dowd on his own, had a word with him and we came to some sort of a deal.” (Echo)
Carra’s co-presenter on Monday Night Football – Gary Neville – said those incidents are to be expected in the biggest games.
“Part of the big games is influencing the referee. You had to. Arsenal did it, Liverpool did it, we did it.
“Other clubs like Chelsea did it and I genuinely believe you could influence them.
“Not in a way that makes them a cheat or dishonest, no, but just that the pressure of being in Anfield or Old Trafford with that weight, it’s not easy.”
Do you think we’ll see a red card on Monday night? We haven’t had a player sent off this season and seem to be quite well controlled when it comes to bad tackles — but the derbies can bring out the worst in players (just ask Stevie Gerrard!).
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