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.”