Typical Germans! More like typical Alex Ferguson, his after match rant was just what we have come to expect after his team don’t get things their own way. It was his usual art of detracting the blame from himself or his team after a defeat.
I know hindsight is a great thing, but wouldn’t Fergie have had an idea that Bayern might target Rafael after the break? Maybe he might have thought about bringing him off at half time.
Far from blaming Rafael for his over exuburance, or his team for chucking the tie away, not once, but twice, as they could have wrapped it up in Germany as well. Ferguson blamed the referee instead, and claimed Bayern influenced his decision to send off Rafael.
Rafael only has himself to blame, he picked up two stupid bookings. He had already been warned towards the end of the 1st half, so then just 5 minutes into the 2nd half, he had two, yes two goes at pulling Ribery back. There was plenty of defensive cover and it was a needless foul, he deserved to go.
For Ferguson to then slag off anyone for influencing a referee was astounding. When talking about surrounding referees, the names Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher and John O’Shea all immeadiately spring to mind.
Ok, they don’t try to get players sent off, but they do try to influence referees with a systematic questioning of almost every decision made by the officials.
These are the current exponents of a tactic that must be actively encouraged inside Old Trafford. If it isn’t, then there is a hell of a lot of ill discipline at Ferguson’s club, as his teams have been doing it for over 20 years now.
Not content with the “typical Germans” remark, he then went onto say that United would have won with eleven players, and that the Germans had targeted Wayne Rooney’s ankle.
I tend to agree with the 11 players remark, although we will never know. But if you look at the bigger picture, United gifted three of the four Munich goals with bad errors. Robben’s goal was a magnificent strike, but there was no one marking him either.
For Fergie to make these remarks after going out of the competition looks childish and stupid. Ferguson should have showed more respect and dignity in defeat. He only had to say well played and wish Munich well for the future, how hard would that have been?