Sir Alex always enjoys a touch of psychology and, even though it only worked against Kevin Keegan, he usually reserves his barbed comments for teams he wants to peg back.
But not only were his words untrue, they made him look quite foolish.
Personally I thought the referee did quite well and if anything he denied the North London side a penalty when Hleb had his shirt tugged off his back.
And, hoping to add further fuel to the fire, Sir Alex had another pop at Arsenal for their lack of English players.
“For the good of the game in England, it would be good to see more home-based players at the top clubs.” he told Inside United magazine.
He continued: “I totally agree [with Blatter], but there would be opposition from clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal.”
The Premier League is only a third of the way through but after Arsenal’s undefeated start to the season, Ferguson certainly knows which team will push his side hardest in the title run in.
And from the extent of the mind games so early in the season he is expecting it to go right down to the wire.