Rudy Funk: Fergie’s frustration

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With our game being off on Tuesday night, it allowed attentions to switch to the Champions League clash between Manchester United and Real Madrid.

This was a huge, huge game in the context of the season, so I can sympathise with Sir Alex Ferguson and his refusal to talk to the press afterwards.

Going into the game, Real had been in amazing form and they were on a high after their two El Classico victories against Barcelona.

In contrast, United are sitting comfortably at the top of the table.

The main talking point was the sending off of Nani, which was a ridiculous decision.

A yellow card and a stern talking to was the most that was required, a straight red was hugely harsh.

The referee needs to have a long, hard look at himself, because he doesn’t seem to have taken the value of the game into account.

That completely changed the game, allowing Real Madrid more space and the rest is history.

I understand what Sir Alex did after the game in not talking to the media.

At whatever level you work at it is difficult after games, especially in situations like that.

Managers live the game, head every header and kick every ball. They are full of adrenaline, especially after the final whistle.

You like to say things that you feel, but unfortunately sometimes you can’t, due to threats of an FA charge.

Sir Alex made the wise choice, which for me was definitely the right thing to do.