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Roy Carroll reveals what Sir Alex Ferguson said to him after infamous ‘ghost goal’ against Tottenham

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll has lifted the lid on Sir Alex Ferguson’s reaction to his ‘save’ against Tottenham in 2005.

United were taking on Spurs at Old Trafford in the Premier League when visiting midfielder Pedro Mendes launched a hopeful effort from the halfway line.

The high ball took Carroll unawares, causing him to fumble the shot. The ball clearly crossed the line before the goalkeeper scrambled back and clawed it away. Luckily for United, the linesman didn’t award the goal and the game finished in a 0-0 draw.

The incident has gone down in Premier League history and is frequently used as an example of why video technology is needed. Goalline technology has been used in the top flight since 2013, with VAR to be used from this season.

And Carroll has explained what happened as he lost the flight of the ball, revealing how Sir Alex Ferguson reacted in the dressing room.

 

He told the Northern Ireland Podcast: “I’ve kept that video. I’m going to show that to every kid in my schools. Because what the biggest problem I did there was I didn’t concentrate, I didn’t look at the ball the whole way.

“And all I was trying to do was throw the ball out to Gary Neville on the right side and I took my eye off the ball. The easiest shots are the hardest shots to save. It wasn’t even a shot, it was a loopy back-pass for some reason.

“All I can remember is after the game Sir Alex Ferguson said to me ‘what happened?’ and I thought he was going to give me the hairdryer treatment but he never.

 

“I just said I took my eye off the ball and he said ‘to be fair, good reactions’.

“I never gave up, that’s the thing, I never gave up. But the ball wasn’t over the line! I’ve got a photo of it and the line is like that [draws a curved goalline]. I can laugh about it now but I apologise to all the Spurs fans.”



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