In the immediate aftermath of Real Madrid’s controversial victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho was very calm and respectful of his opponents and even appeared to show sympathy for Sir Alex Ferguson and his team.

Whilst declining to speak of the referee’s decision to show Nani a red card in an interview minutes after full time, the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ did however twice reiterate that the best team had lost in a somewhat muted and compassionate manner.

However after tempers of the Manchester United staff and squad had cooled, Mourinho was able to give his full account of the game and indeed the red card in a post-match press conference.

The Real Madrid manager whilst showing sympathy for Ferguson and his depleted side also suggested that he had been victim of a bigger injustice two years prior when Pepe was dismissed following a dive from Barcelona player Danni Alves.

"I think [Manchester United boss Sir Alex] Ferguson was like I was a couple of years ago about Pepe's sending off against Barcelona two years ago," said Mourinho.

"At this level of competition one player less for a long time changes many things. But there is a difference. That was a dive, this was not. It was a challenge in which he caught Arbeloa and that was the decision. But I do not want to get into that."

Despite this, Mourinho humbly acknowledged that the Manchester side were in control of the tie until Nani was shown red early in the second half and conceded that a red card was maybe not the correct choice from the Turkish referee.


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