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Typical Germans? More like a typical Ferguson moan

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“Typical Germans” came the cry from Alex Ferguson last night, following Manchester United crashing out of the Champions League, despite beating Bayern Munich 3-2.

Ferguson is full of these excuses, anything to blame then he would. Last night, the Germans were apparently targeting Rooney’s ankle, and placed pressure on the referee to send of Rafael in the second half.

The sending off was the pivotal point in the game according to Ferguson, but many football fans would argue that Ferguson’s downfall was playing an unfit Rooney, a player who he had to substitute during the match, leaving United vulnerable in the second half, throwing away their chance to move further in the competition.

It’s quite easy to say things in the heat of the moment, but it would be nice to see Ferguson account for his own tactical mistakes and concede that his team simply messed it up in the second half. If he was a perfect example of fairness in the game, he could make outlandish statements, but when he pressures referees to add extra time, or he’s criticising referees in his post match interviews, he leaves himself open to counter criticism when its himself making the mistakes.

For the first time in seven years, there is no English club in the semi final stage. Does this suggest that the Premier League is no longer the competition it once was? Or is this simply a case of the manager making the wrong decisions?

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Written by Nicole Carroll

April 8, 2010 at 11:38 am

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