When the fourth official held up four minutes of stoppage time on Saturday, all Tottenham Hotspur supporters had the same collective reaction: "FOR WHAT". Obviously, leading at Old Trafford while Manchester United were laying siege to their goal, Spurs supporters wanted the game to end. They wanted to see as little stoppage time as possible. They were biased.
However, there weren't any significant injuries or delays during the second half. A trainer only game on once. Four minutes was a bit excessive, but not a crime. It probably should have been three. No big deal.
There is one person outraged about the amount of stoppage time given, though, and his name is Alex Ferguson. Wait ... what?!?
"They gave us four minutes [injury time], that's an insult to the game. It denies you a proper chance to win a football match. "There were six substitutions, the trainer came on, so that's four minutes right away and the goalkeeper must have wasted about two or three minutes and they took their time at every goal kick. That's obvious to everyone today and it's a flaw in the game that the referee is responsible for time keeping."
Ferguson is such a great manager that one has to assume he's an intelligent person. If he's an intelligent person, he should realize that there weren't that many stoppages, and that his team always gets the benefit in these situations. If he's an intelligent person and a good manager, surely he's aware that this statement sounds ludicrous to anyone who is not a player for or supporter of Manchester United, so this must serve some kind of psychological purpose. He's trying to change his players' mindset, right?