Jamie Carragher recalls making Nani cry with horror tackle

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There have been quite a few crunching tackles during Liverpool and Manchester United clashes in the past, but arguably the worst tackle in a match between the two rivals took place at Anfield in March, 2011.

The match more than five years ago will always be remembered for Dirk Kurt’s hat-trick during the 3-1 victory, with the Dutchman scoring three tap-ins.

However, a rather unsavory moment also happened during that game.

Just before half-time, Jamie Carragher lunged in on United winger Nani, catching him with his studs on the shin.

It left the Portuguese star in tears with United players surrounding referee Phil Dowd in the hope to get the Liverpool defender sent off.

Carragher was extremely fortunate to escape with just a yellow card as the Reds went on to win against their arch-rivals.

However, Carragher and fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville have recalled that terrible tackle with the Liverpool legend admitted that he had to convince Dowd not to send him off.

Carragher: "Not one of my finer moments. It was a bit of a dive from Nani, wasn't it? I tell you what my best memory of that is..."

Neville: "Not getting a red card I imagine!"

Carragher: "Haha. No, not so much the tackle but Wayne Rooney's reaction. I was on favourable terms with the referee Phil Dowd. I got him on my own, pulled him and said 'he just beat me with skills'. Everyone is fighting and I got him over like an experienced pro. Then Rooney comes over and says 'you won't believe it, he's crying'."

Neville: "Did you seriously go to do him?"

Carragher: "No, what happened was that someone got injured so I went from centre-back to right-back and as soon as that happened, Alex Ferguson put Nani to the left wing straight away.
So I'm thinking 'I'm either going to get tight, I'm going to tackle him or I'm going to foul him. There's no way I'm letting him get the ball and run at me'. So I've got there and the ball did jump up at me, I went for it and it just disappeared so I caught him on the shin."

Neville: "Did you think it was a red card at the time?"

Carragher: "Oh yeah. I've seen the reaction of all the players but like I said, I got Phil Dowd on his own, had a word with him and we came to some sort of a deal."

If you can’t quite remember the tackle, take a look at it here:

Although Carragher and Neville won’t be playing on Monday when the two sides clash, don’t be surprised to see a few tough tackles at Anfield.

Liverpool will be hoping to continue their impressive start to the season, while United are aware that they need to recover following defeats to Manchester City and Watford and their draw at home to Stoke in their latest Premier League match.

Let’s just hope no players are reduced to tears by being on the end of a horrific challenge.

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