Old Trafford boss is very very unhappy!
Sir Alex Ferguson was angered by the behaviour of Bayern Munich’s players as Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League on away goals.
Ferguson felt referee Nicola Rizzoli was pressured into showing United defender Rafael his second yellow card.
Bayern got the decisive goal as United played the last 40 minutes with 10 men.
Ferguson said: “The young boy showed a bit of inexperience but they got him sent off, everyone sprinted towards the referee – typical Germans.”
United led 3-1 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate when Rafael was sent off for tugging back Franck Ribery, and Bayern then went on to win a pulsating tie on away goals thanks to Arjen Robben’s spectacular volley.
The Bayern players got Rafael sent off, there’s no doubt about that
Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferguson insisted that the dismissal changed the course of the game, saying: “There is no doubt about it. They were never getting through that tie, with 11 men we had no problem.”
And asked later whether he stood by his contention that the Bayern players had been wrong to protest about Rafael’s challenge on Ribery, Ferguson confirmed: “Yes.
“It was typical professionalism in a way but they saw the opportunity and they almost forced the referee to get the card out – the referee wasn’t going to do anything. But we’ve seen it before from teams like that.
“The Bayern players got him sent off, there’s no doubt about that. It was only a little tug of the lad 35 yards from goal, they’re not even a goal threat at that point.
Bayern players protested to referee Nicola Rizzoli
“[Rafael’s] inexperienced and sometimes, like that, the inexperience can show itself. But he had a marvellous performance, the boy, and it’s a tragedy for him. But I think we were very unlucky tonight.” (BBC Sport)
Sir Alex Ferguson is not a happy bunny and to be honest you can kind of see where he is coming from but with United three goals to the good they really should have been able to shut the game down, even with ten men. Although clearly the sending off affected the game I am sure Sir Alex would have hoped his side could have held on but when Ivica Olic put away Bayern’s first it always looked like things were going to go from bad to worse for the Old Trafford side.
However what does seem a little bit too much is the Manchester United boss complaining about the Bundesliga side’s players protesting to officials as this is clearly something Ferguson’s own players have a history of doing. Either way we have to look forward to a Champions League semi-final without any Premier League sides which hasn’t happened for a while. Expect Barcelona to win this thing comfortably!