Champions League - Ferguson: 'Typical Germans'

Eurosport - Thu, 08 Apr 09:22:00 2010

Alex Ferguson was left incensed by the behaviour of Bayern Munich players following Manchester United's Champions League exit at the hands of the German side.

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United won the game at Old Trafford 3-2 but crashed out of the competition on the away goals rule after the first leg finished 2-1 to Bayern.

The Premier League champions were leading 3-0 in the second leg, but the game turned on the dismissal of Rafael da Silva in the second half for a second bookable offence.

Ferguson was furious with the way Bayern players surrounded the referee and appeared to put pressure on him following the Brazilian's tug on Franck Ribery.

Asked if the sending-off had changed the course of the game, Ferguson said: "There is no doubt about it. They were never getting through that tie, with 11 men we had no problem.

"The young boy showed a bit of inexperience, but they got him sent off, everyone sprinted towards the referee - typical Germans. You cannot dispute that, they are like that."

Ferguson was also adamant United were the better side over two legs.

"We played better today than they did in their own ground. Without the extra man they made the ball work and I thought we defended very well, it's taken an exceptional strike to settle the tie.

"We have done well, the performance was excellent, we were very unlucky."

Wayne Rooney, who made a shock return to action after an ankle injury, lasted just 55 minutes before being taken off and replaced by John O'Shea as 10-man United sought to protect their lead in the second half.

But Ferguson played down fears the England striker was facing another lay-off.

"We will have a look at it," Ferguson said.

"I don't think it is serious. It's just that tissue and the blood vessel has just burst. I am sure he'll be fine for the following week."

Having seen his team come from conceding three goals, Bayern coach Louis van Gaal said: "The first half wasn't very good and we had to improve. It's incredible what we did in the second half - we played fantastically.

"It's not always easy to play against 10 men. We played like a great team.

"The goal from (Arjen) Robben was unbelievable."


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