Ronaldo and co came away the victors at Old Trafford after another thrilling European night, united ran out of luck as Luka Modric scored a spectacular goal from outside the area and Ronaldo tapped in the winner after Nani’s red card. Opinions were split when Nani tried to control a ball in the air, but ended up with a high challenge on Real‘s Alvaro Arbeloa. there was clearly no malice or intent on hurting a player on Nani‘s side as he wasn’t challenging for a ball, but mearly trying to control it in the air, yet the turkish referee branded the red card to the shock of most people who tuned into the game. Now i’m not going to be disrespectful towards a fantastic team, as theres every chance real would have gone on and won 2-1 anyway, but at that time United looked to be in control as a Nani passed into the box and a flick by Danny Welbeck was put into the Real net by Sergio Ramos, Welbeck had a couple of chances in the first half and Nemanja Vidic hit the post. But after the red card United lost their composure for ten minutes as Real turned up the heat taking full advantage of the extra man. Allthough they scored twice united still kept coming forward, and had a number of chances but their luck in front of goal had ran out as all efforts seemed to fall into the hands of Diego Lopez. Looking back at some of the opportunities that were missed in Spain and the ruthlessness of the turkish referee have cost united the chance of adding their 4th European cup to the list.
United assistant manager Mike Phelan replaced Ferguson at the post-match media conference and said: “It’s a distraught dressing room and a distraught manager. That’s why I am sitting here now.
“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 sitting here now rather than the manager of this fantastic football club.”
Phelan continued: “We are extremely disappointed and wondering what has happened and why it has happened.
“We feel as though we had the tactics right for the game on such a big occasion. We felt we were comfortable at 0-0. It was where we wanted to be, then we scored the goal that put us in a commanding position.
“We were in reasonable control and then the game totally changed. The decision was amazing but we had to carry on because it is hard enough playing Real Madrid with 11 men.
“Referees are there to make decisions but there is also an element of doing the right thing. All the media and a television audience watching all over the world will have an opinion on the decision but it was a disappointing one and it spoiled the game.”