Monday 26 February 2018

Ferguson furious at 'typical Germans'

James Ducker

MANCHESTER United manager Alex Ferguson launched a scathing attack on Bayern Munich's tactics following last night's defeat.

He accused the German side of getting Rafael sent off by surrounding referee Nicola Rizzoli, after the United full- back tangled with Franck Ribery. United led 4-3 on aggregate at the time.

"With 11 men, no problem, we would have won the game," Ferguson said. "They got him sent off. Everyone sprinted towards the referee. Typical Germans. The referee has got to handle it.

"The key issue was their first goal and then the young boy getting sent off. The problem was that, with the extra man, they worked the ball well. It still took an exceptional goal to win the game. Our performance was excellent, we were unlucky."

On Rooney, the United boss said: "We took the risk and we'll see what happens. I do not think it is serious. It (the injury) is tissue and blood vessel. I think he will be okay."

Although Ferguson had insisted on Tuesday that he would not risk Rooney, who suffered the injury during the 2-1 first-leg defeat at the Allianz Arena, the United manager claimed his decision to start the player was not a gamble.

But Rooney was substituted in the 55th minute after appearing to aggravate the problem, with United's medical staff immediately covering his ankle with an ice-pack.

Ferguson will hope his 34-goal forward is fit for the Premier League game away to Blackburn Rovers on Sunday despite gingerly leaving the field in the second half. (© The Times, London)

Irish Independent

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