Manchester United vs Real Madrid: 10-man Man U knocked out of Champions League
An old adage, ‘To the victor goes the spoils’ comes to mind when Real Madrid vs Manchester United encounter gains prevalence. Arguably the Champions League encounter was marred by one decision of the match referee, which might have changed the course of the match. Man U were knocked out of the Champions League by Real on a 3-2 goal aggregate.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner for the Spanish side as he chipped in a low cross from Gonzalo Higuain into the net. The former Man U striker refused to celebrate after scoring the last goal of the match in the 69th minute. Luka Modric had scored three minutes earlier with a swerving kick that bolted off the pole to land behind the line.
Manchester United FC fans were outraged after match referee, Cuneyt Cakir, showed Nani the red card in the 56th minute, an action which has set the tabloids printing the minute details of the event. The Old Trafford side gained a lead when a right-footer from Nani bounced of Sergio Ramos to land in the net, thus giving United the lead.
Sir Alex Ferguson, normally a supporter of UEFA, will have some alarming questions for the president of the association. The Old Trafford manager was so outraged by the decision of the referee that he decided to skip the press conference and send in assistant manager, Mike Phelan, to answer on his behalf.
Talking about Sir Alex’s absence, Phelan said, “I don’t think the manager is in any fit state to talk to the referee about the decision. It speaks volumes that I am sat here and not the manager of this fantastic football club. We all witnessed a decision that seemed very harsh, possibly incredible at that moment in the game.”
Another event which might spring in as a surprise for Man U fans would be the decision to leave out Wayne Rooney, but considering the match, Man U had it under control until Cakir decided to disrupt the proceedings for the Old Trafford side. Do you think United would have won if Nani was not shown the red card?