Ferguson: Vidic’s sending off was harsh

During the 2-0 win over Otelul Galati, Nemanja Vidic received a controversial red card. In Sir Alex Ferguson’s post match interview, the United boss admitted to seeing why his captain was sent off, but thought Felix Brych’s (referee) decision was ‘very harsh’.

Vidic saw red in the second half for a waist-high challenge on Galati’s Gabriel Giurgiu. However, it sounds a lot worse than it actually was. There was very little in it, and I thought it was just worth a yellow.

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“He raised his foot and in the context of a lot of referees’ interpretation, particularly in Europe, I can see why, but it was very harsh I think,” Ferguson told Sky Sports.

When asked if the club would appeal the decision, Ferguson said: “I wouldn’t think so, I don’t think you win these things.”

Two Wayne Rooney penalties secured three points for Ferguson’s men, so he was satisfied to give our European campaign a boost – first win in the group stage.

He added: “I think in a lot of these away games you have to work to get victories, it’s not easy and they made it very difficult for us.

“The possession figures showed we were in control of the game and in the second half we improved a great deal.

“I’m satisfied with the result. It was a long night and we had to be patient and work the way through the game.”

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