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Fergie: M’Bia deserved a red

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is adamant that Marseille defender Stephane M'Bia should have been sent off late in the goalless Champions League draw at Stade Velodrome.

 
M’Bia 'deserved a red' - Football - Champions LeagueReuters
 

With two minutes remaining, M’Bia (left) appeared to pull down Wayne Rooney (right) after a poor first touch by the defender put the England striker through.

Referee Felix Brych decided it was not a foul but Ferguson remained convinced that he should have been sent off for a last-man foul.

"I think it was very lucky, the referee's in a good position and I don't know why he didn't give us a free-kick and then the decision is straightforward - it's a red card," Ferguson told ITV afterwards.

"(The performance) was disappointing, the pitch was lively but they made sure they weren't going to lose a goal. We got in good positions but we didn't have enough.

"Nil-nil can be a dangerous scoreline if you lose a goal at home but it's about winning the game, if we win the game we're through. We're confident, I think we'll be much better."

 

Marseille coach Didier Deschamps was pleased with the result, and said: "For the first game it is very important you don't concede a goal. We have done it, it was a tough game because Manchester are a big team.

"We had a very good spell in the second half for 20-25 minutes but we couldn't find a goal.

"I am very happy for my players, they have done their best. It is important for the return to not concede a goal again and, if we get the opportunity, to score.

"Manchester are always favourites, it's not a bad result for us but it is a good result for Manchester."

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