Ferguson hits out at ‘typical Germans’

United, who lost on away goals having won 3-2 on the night,
appeared to be cruising through when they led 3-0 after 40 minutes
thanks to goals from Darron Gibson and Nani (two). But Ivica Olic
slotted home just before the break for Louis Van Gaal’s side.
Rafael was dismissed for a second booking early in the second half
and a stunning volley from Arjen Robben saw the visitors progress
on away goals as the tie ended 4-4 on aggregate. Ferguson was
furious about the manner in which the Bayern players had put
pressure on referee Nicola Rizzoli to show Rafael a second yellow
card after tugging back Franck Ribery. When asked if the
sending-off had changed the course of the game, Ferguson told ITV1:
“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.” The Scot also believed United had
been the better side across the 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.” Ferguson also
played down any fears that Wayne Rooney had suffered a recurrence
of his ankle injury. The England striker was a surprise starter at
Old Trafford but was soon limping after being caught in a
challenge, he was eventually substituted after 55 minutes. “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.”