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It was harsh, but if you go in 2 footed wildly with your studs up thats the risk you take.
He got the ball and Nani avoided contact, but on another day he catches Nani and puts him in hospital for months on end. Just because he got the ball (forcing Nani to wisely get out the way) doesn't make it any less of a dangerous challenge.
Foy was well within his rights to send him off, as would have been another ref who perhaps saw it as not even a foul.
Its one of the more enjoyable controversial talking points of the game, unlike goal line technology, which is a no brainer!
Citeh may get lucky this year in the fact that we're their only genuine rivals for the title, and we're going through this ugly transition period. Their squad is ridiculously strong, but they aren't that impressive for me.
Aguero and Silva are a bit special though.
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'4 games & 80mins he misses because of that challenge.'
Yeah, and if he made contact it could have been 6 months out for Nani, or worse.
If this had been against anyone other than United, it would barely be a talking point after the game. But of course its United, etc etc....we all know how it goes.
Can't say I'm complaining as he's out of both legs of the League Cup semi, but it was a harsh card, especially that early in the game. But I've also got to say I was not impressed with Fergie's interview after the game where he said it was definitely a red. If memory serves I've seen one of those Brazilian twins (I always get them mixed up) doing the exact same thing a few times last season, but with players jumping out of the way fouls let alone cards were cards were not handed out. I get different people having subjective views on what is and is not a yellow or a red, but as we keep asking for consistency from refs, its hard to be too harsh when managers see things very differently depending on which side of a challenge their players are on.