Champions League - Ferguson accepts Vidic red

Wed, 19 Oct 08:16:00 2011

Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Nemanja Vidic's red card was "harsh" but could understand why German referee Felix Brych sent the Manchester United skipper off during his side's 2-0 win over Otelul Galati.

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Vidic saw red during the second-half for a challenge on Gabriel Giurgiu. Vidic was stunned at the decision, which definitely rules him out of the return clash with the Romanian champions at Old Trafford in a fortnight but, as with Wayne Rooney recently, UEFA reserve the right to increase the punishment if they see fit.

"I've looked at it and his foot is certainly high, I can understand the referee's interpretation of the incident," said Ferguson.

"Maybe it's a bit different in Germany, but I thought it was a little harsh. It was certainly a booking."

"I don't think we were lucky. We were the better team. We dominated possession and improved in the second half, particularly through Nani, Anderson and Rooney.

"Those three players changed the game. I wasn't concerned at half-time but I knew what I needed to say to the players.

"We had possession but we didn't have any penetration. We needed more of that and in the second half we played Rooney further up the field. That made a difference.

"We are pleased after drawing the first two games. That created a certain pressure but we acquired a victory and we're happy with that."

Otelul coach Dorinel Munteanu felt his side were unfortunate to slip to defeat, insisting his players were more than a match for United for much of the encounter.

He said: "I have congratulated my players on their display. I cannot fault them at all and there wasn't that much difference between the sides.

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