Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed his anger after his side slipped out of the Champions League on away goals to Bayern Munich.
Despite winning 3-2 in the second leg at Old Trafford, the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate with Arjen Robben’s goal proving the decisive strike.
The Red Devils were also forced to play the majority of the second half with 10 men after Rafael Da Silva was shown a second yellow card for a pull on Franck Ribery.
Speaking to ITV Sport after the game, Sir Alex insisted the sending off changed the game but blamed the visitors for swaying the referee.
“[With] Eleven men [we had] no problem, but the young boy [Rafael] showed a bit of inexperience,” explained the Scot.
“But they [Bayern] got him sent off, everyone sprinting towards the referee, typical Germans.
“The key issue was the losing the goal just before half time and the young boy getting sent off.”
Despite his disappointment Ferguson did pay tribute to Robben whose second half goal sealed the tie.
“I think the problem was without the extra man they made the ball work and I thought we defended very well,” he added.
“It’s still an exceptional goal to settle the tie, it’s a tremendous hit by [Arjen] Robben.”
The Scot had earlier raised eyebrows by including Wayne Rooney in his starting XI. The striker was then substituted in the second half and Ferguson insisted his injury was not serious.
“We took the risk, we are just having a look at the situation again,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s serious, it’s just the tissue and the blood vessel that gets burst. I’m sure he’ll be OK for the following week.”