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Well, Nani wasn't really impressing himself on the game, but that red card transformed the game. Fergie's tactics had been spot on, and until the red card we looked more likely to score again. I wouldn't mind if it was fair, but a red card for that foul shocked me. Yellow, sure, but red?
A well, the bigger thing for me was that I kept thinking of the lat time we played Madrid at home in the Champions League. Back then, no matter what the ref did, we were outclassed. This time around, we were equals, and until the red card, we were mostly on top (just heard Mourinho say "the best team lost"). That doesn't make up for losing, but it is still something significant.
Welbeck played fantastically, Cleverley was looking good until his substitution was forced by the red, and I was really glad he wasn't injured when he took a knock early on. Giggs was amazing in his thousandth game, Carrick continued his best ever season, Evra and Rafael both did their jobs outstandingly.
Also, Fergie got it absolutely right, with a team selection I don't think any of us would have thought of.
Again, I'm gutted, but proud of what the team did. They can hold their heads high.
"Carrick continued his best ever season, Evra and Rafael both did their jobs outstandingly."
carrick? who made the most feeble attempt at stoping the superb modric from scoring.
he did very little noteworthy with the ball too.
rafael? good going forward. but switched off & lost Ronaldo for the winner. & should have been sent off & given away a pen to Madrid.
- 2 Replies to Layla
"he did very little noteworthy with the ball too."
Right, just intercepting Madrid moves, setting up United ones, helping out the defence and starting attacks for us. At least, that was what I saw him doing.
"should have been sent off & given away a pen to Madrid."
I didn't see Rafael doing anything penalty-worthy, certainly not anything that wasn't happening at both ends of the pitch. What exactly are you getting at?
- 2 Replies to FABONGRASS
Red card was all wrong & ruined a good game, there was no intent to hurt the player by Nani. We were playing ok & keeping there players pretty quiet, maybe they had more possesion but tactically we were getting it right, the decision just ended the game as a contest.
Puzzled by Sir Alex leaving out Rooney & Kagawa after the weekend performances, seemed the wrong decision before the game and after it, remains to be seen now whether or not that will affect Rooney for the rest of the season. Just didnt make any sense why you would not play him?
Bad night for us, we showed spirit but at the end of the day were out again. Lets hope we pick ourselves up for the weekend game.
Totally agree I thought the red card was a disgrace... Nani was only focused on the flight of the ball not the player.. it totally changed the game in their favour.. Oh! well it was a good match though.
- 1 Reply to Lobby Lud
I thought it was harsh, and like I said, I was shocked, but I guess we know that some refs in Europe reach for red the instant a foot goes a certain height.
Still, there was no malice in the tackle, and I think he was going for the ball. Refs just don't always take that into consideration, do they?