Manchester United were dismissed from the Champion’s League by Bayern Munich after looking like they had it in the bag. This is yet another body blow to the side that are also trailing Chelsea in the Premier League with Arsenal nipping at their ankles.
Sir Alex blamed the German team for the result, he claims that they forced the referee to give Rafael his second yellow card. The Germans of course disagree. Most newspaper columnists argue that Ferguson gambled on his choice of players again and this time it didn’t pay off.
To rub salt into his wounds, having played Rooney with a bad ankle, Sir Alex has effectively put him out of the next Premier League fixture against Blackburn. Although the team is more than one man, Manchester United do seem to rely heavily upon Rooney to score a lot of their goals and to lift the team to victory. We shall have to wait and see.
Ah well, at least the defeat by Bayern Munich will spare United the possibility of being humiliated by Barcelona in the Champion's League final again. After their performance against Arsenal, you’d have to be a wild gambler to bet against Barca lifting the trophy for a second year running.