March 6, 2013 by Tejmgas
Ok, lets get something straight from the start. I am not here to argue whether or not Nani should’ve been sent off in Manchester United’s crucial Champions League match against Real Madrid yesterday.
Speaking as a United fan, I do think that the red card yesterday was a harsh decision and that Manchester fans are at least partly justified in feeling hard-done by. However, I do on the other hand understand why the ref did decide to send Nani off. Unlike us fans, the referee did not have countless videos and angles of the tackle to look at so could only make a decision from what he saw, Nani’s foot dangerously high in the air.
Unsurprisingly, the decision has sparked debate worldwide, with the English media especially quick in pointing out the ‘disgrace’ of what took place. However, I doubt there is a single person out there who could present an argument, that proves to the world without a shred of doubt, that the decision was right/wrong.
In the end, it’s all about how you interpret the rules.
Was he watching the ball? Was he just trying to control it? Was it dangerous play anyway? As Roy Keane said in yesterday’s post-match analysis, does ‘what Nani mean’t to do’ even matter? All valid questions, yet all without any clear answer.
But what frustrates me most about the whole situation, is that United fans are somehow using it as justification for losing the whole match.
I know playing with only 10 men has its obvious difficulties but the players still need to take some of the blame for what happened yesterday. United were not at their best, despite the tie taking place in Old Trafford this time and that is why Madrid won. Real overall played the better football and took their chances when they came. The Modric goal was unstoppable and the Ronaldo goal was purely down to bad defending.
Whether the game was indeed won ‘fair and square’ and whether we have been ‘robbed’ of seeing how this tie would’ve really turned out are all in the past now. In the end this is how football is, you win some and you lose some.
United just have to let this one go and continue with their pursuit of the Premier League.