“Emotional night” for Ronaldo ends with Nani’s red card and Man Utd exit
A ten-man Manchester United and a fuming Sir Alex Ferguson left the Old Trafford seething with injustice following one of the most controversial Champions League battles in history. Manchester United dominated Real Madrid in the encounter at Old Trafford, but an unjust red card to Nani changed the outcome of the game.
With the Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho admitting “independent of the red card decision, the best team lost”, it quite clear who should have entered the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League.
Manchester United dominated the first-half of the game, but they were unable to break the deadlock. The second-half began with Real Madrid falling back, courtesy of an own-goal from their captain Sergio Ramos.
It appears as if fate has a cruel sense of humor as only seven minutes after the own-goal match referee Cuneyt Cakir awarded Nani with unexpected red card. This proved to be the turning point of the game.
Jose Mourinho brought more fire to his strike-force and soon enough Real Madrid changed the score-line to 2-1, thanks to goals from Luka Modric and former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 28-year-old world class forward, Cristiano Ronaldo showed respect to his former club by not celebrating the goal, but that didn’t give Manchester United the justice they were demanding.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who switched for a world record transfer fee of £80 million to Real Madrid in 2009, claims it was an unforgettable experience for him.
“It was unbelievable,” Cristiano Ronaldo told Sky Sports. “It was an emotional night for me, in both games, but especially tonight. I don't have the words to explain how I feel, but I can use just one word: unbelievable.
“The supporters made me feel shy as, in my opinion in both games I did not play as I play all the time. But I helped my team to score one goal at home and one away.
“I feel happy inside because Madrid go through, but on the other hand I feel a little bit sad because Manchester United deserved it. But that is part of football and I wear the white shirt now.”
Cristiano Ronaldo was disappointed to see Manchester United exit from the Champions League, but admitted such occurrences are part of the game.
“I didn't see the replay of what Nani did, but these are situations which happen in football,” Cristiano Ronaldo added. “I don't want to say anything else because I did not see the incident.”
Cristiano Ronaldo remained coy on whether he would return to Manchester United in the future.
“In the future you never know,” said Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been linked to rumors of an Old Trafford switch. “The supporters and club here are massive. But at this moment I am very happy at Real Madrid and I want to be there.”