Laudrup: Manchester United's Nani should not have received red card

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Real Madrid legend and current Swansea manager Michael Laudrup believes Nani should not have received a red card in Manchester United's 2-1 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid at Old Trafford.

Nani was given his marching orders by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir for a high challenge on Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa, and Laudrup believes it was the incorrect decision.

The Portuguese winger was attempting to control a long ball dropping over his shoulder, and seemed to be unaware of Arbeloa's presence when his studs connected with the Spain international's hip.

Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo scored shortly after Manchester United went down to 10 men, to cancel out Sergio Ramos' own goal, and win the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

Laudrup said: "I watched the game the other day and I am not a supporter of Manchester United or Real Madrid, but it should never, ever have been a red card. A yellow card maybe, but a red card? Absolutely not.

"I don't think it matters whether it's a referee in the Premier League, La Liga or a Champions League game.

"It was just a bad decision. Referees are human and make mistakes - there is no problem with that - and sometimes it goes against you. But we are allowed to say when a referee gives a poor performance, and that was a very poor decision."

Laudrup has been linked to the hot-seat at the Santiago Bernabeu, but declared he is happy to stay at Swansea, a club he has guided to eighth in the Premier League table and to their first major trophy.

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