VPRO-E SPORTS: “Referees have stopped us from winning three more Champions League trophies” – Ferguson


Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Fergsuon, has insinuated that his team might have added three more UEFA Champions League trophies to their cabinet, if some refereeing decisions went in their favour.

The Scot was speaking to the media on Friday, after refusing to speak to the press, following Nani’s controversial sending off against Real Madrid and their eventual 2-1 loss at Old Trafford.

“It’s hard to keep your faith when you see things like that happen,” he said.

“That’s three European Cups we’ve been knocked out of due to refereeing decisions, and we’d have won two of them, no doubt about that.

“Against Porto, definitely, we’d have won the cup that year – they got Monaco in that final in 2004. We had a Paul Scholes goal that was (incorrectly) ruled offside when we played them.

“There was also a decision from the Russian referee when they (Porto, in that 2004 game) brought down Cristiano Ronaldo. He didn’t even book the player and they got a free-kick right after it.

“The other one was Bayern Munich, with Rafael getting sent off in 2010 (as United lost in the quarter-finals on aggregate).

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