Ferguson fumes after unjust red card to Nani; Man Utd out of the Champions League
Manchester United were set to make an example out of Real Madrid, but an unfortunate red card destroyed their chance to qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals. Sir Alex Ferguson was visibly frustrated and angry on the sidelines as the match referee Cuneyt Cakir gave away an unfair red card to Nani.
The decision was undoubtedly a harsh one; a decision that robbed Manchester United the chance to play in the in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Manchester United were brilliant on the field, although their only goal came through the Real Madrid defender and skipper Sergio Ramos.
It was all drama in the second-half. Sergio Ramos struck the ball into his own net in the 48th minute of the game. Eight minutes later, Nani was given the marching orders for an absolutely bogus tackle on Real Madrid fullback Alvaro Arbeloa.
The occupants of Old Trafford and viewers all over the world were left in a state of shock when match referee Cuneyt Cakir decided to kick Nani out of the game for a challenge that was clearly unintentional and quite unavoidable on his part.
Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan revealed Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t “in a fit state” to comment on the saga, which is why he won’t be available for the post-match press conference.
Real Madrid took advantage of the 10-man Manchester United to score two goals, but only adding more attacking players to their team. Luka Modric, who was introduced at the hour mark for Alvaro Arbeloa, scored a stunner from 25 yards out before Cristiano Ronaldo killed off Manchester United’s chances of qualifying for the next round.
The Portuguese, who still seems to be in deep love with Manchester United, refused to celebrate his goal, probably out of fear of meeting an anguished Sir Alex Ferguson.
Anyway, Cuneyt Cakir has called upon the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson. Expect the legendary Scottish manager to attack the Turk quite soon.
“The manager is not in fit state to talk to the referee about the decision,” Mike Phelan said in a brief statement after the game. “It speaks volumes that I am sat here.”
“We are all witnesses to a decision that seemed very harsh, and incredible at that moment in the game.”