Manchester United legend gives his views on that red card for Nani…
One time Manchester United captain Gary Neville says that Old Trafford was left in a state of “shock” following the red card shown to winger Luis Nani in the club’s controversial Champions League defeat at the hands of La Liga title holders Real Madrid at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
The ex-England international full back was giving his views as one of Sky Sports’ media pundits having attended the tie himself.
And, Neville’s opinion in the Daly Mail was that: “Nani is a player who regularly tries to control a pass like this over his shoulder and it’s never a red card! Changed the whole game! Poor ref.
“The crowd actually weren’t angry / weren’t shouting they were just open mouthed and in shock!”
Portugal international wide man Nani was shown a straight red card by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir for a high, studs up, two footed challenge on Madrid right back Alvaro Arbeloa 56 minutes into the absorbing contest.
At the time of Nani’s dismissal, the Red Devils were leading the match 1-0 having just taken the lead minutes after the half time interval thanks to an own goal from Madrid’s Spain international centre back Sergio Ramos.
However, being reduced to ten men ultimately turned the tide in the Spanish giants’ favour, with the visitors then going on to immediately score two goals in quick succession to take advantage of their numerical superiority, the first through a long range Luka Modric strike, which was then quickly followed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s close range winner.