Up until the 58th minute of the second leg of Real Madrid vs. Manchester United’s Champions League tie, United were in cruise control.
The Red Devils looked certain of qualifying after Sergio Ramos’s own goal put United ahead on aggregate. However after referee Cuneyt Cakir sent off Nani for kicking Alvaro Arbeloa, the game was flipped on its head.
Goals from Luka Modric and former Utd player Cristiano Ronaldo gave the team from Madrid the tie and a place in the Quarterfinals of the UCL.
…troubles with UEFA before…
The referee’s controversial decision to send off Nani was crucial and Utd manager sir Alex Ferguson, who has had his troubles with UEFA before, was absolutely livid and rightly so.
Referee Cuneyt Cakir has had his issues with British teams before, having sent off Gary Cahill in the final of the Club World Cup, John Terry in last season’s UCL semi final, Mario Balotelli two season’s ago Europa League Round of 32 tie and now Nani in last Tuesday’s game. It’s safe to say that Cakir isn’t welcome in U.K. However it’s not to say that there is a conspiracy against British teams in UEFA competitions but in the case of United, I believe UEFA cost Manchester United the tie.
…Ferguson has not spoken to any of form of media…
You may argue it was a red card or you may disagree that it was not, but no one can argue that the decision did not put Real Madrid in a much more favourable position than before.
The aftermath of the UCL tie has been surprising to say the least, Ferguson has not spoken to any of form of media and one has to wonder what the next few weeks hold.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to keep quiet is a wise one indeed, but with UEFA launching proceedings against Ferguson regarding his failure of post match obligations; how long will it be before we get Sir Alex’s views on the referee, his game changing decision and UEFA as a whole.