Giggs stunned by Nani red

Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs says he has never been so surprised on a football field as he was when Nani was sent off against Real Madrid in midweek.

Last Updated: 10/03/13 at 23:58 Post Comment

Ryan Giggs: Was left stunned by the decision to send off Nani.

Ryan Giggs: Was left stunned by the decision to send off Nani.

United were leading the Champions League clash 1-0 on the night at Old Trafford and 2-1 on aggregate but Nani was then surprisingly dismissed for a challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa and Real went on to score twice and knock United out.

And the 39-year-old Giggs, who was playing in his 1,000th career match, told the Mail on Sunday that the red card came completely out of the blue.

"I'd initially gone over to tell him (referee Cuneyt Cakir) that Nani was looking at the ball," said Giggs. "I've gone back to my position on the edge of the box, because they've got a free-kick.

"I was actually looking at the referee when he did it (showed the red) and I've never, ever experienced a shock like it on a football pitch, because I just didn't expect it. And I've never seen a stadium in shock like that."

However, Giggs also praised a fine strike from Real's Luka Modric, who came off the bench to score the equaliser before United old boy Cristiano Ronaldo bagged the winner.

Giggs said: "The only thing I could think was, 'right, let's try and stay compact. Let's try and ride it out'.

"I think we did that but you can't really say anything about the goal, it was brilliant by Luka Modric."

The Welshman added that United should be pleased with how well they played against the Spanish giants.

"I probably haven't felt that disappointed for a long, long time but, somewhere in your head, there are so many positives as well," he said.

"I think we performed so well, we made Real Madrid look ordinary at times. It was a proper European performance."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

De Gea: United 'cannot' fail

David De Gea says that Manchester United must qualify for the Champions League next season "no matter what".

Lucas ready to make an impact

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is looking to recapture what he considers his best form in two years after recovering from injury.

Mats Hummels denies promising to join Manchester United

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has denied making any promise to join Manchester United.

Mail Box

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

Why Do Arsenal Have So Many 'Internet Warriors'?

The Mailbox has an open letter from Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, questions Phil Jones' bulldog spirit and asks: "Why do Arsenal have so many "internet warriors?"

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company