Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has revealed how he managed to avoid a red card against Manchester United after a tackle on Nani in 2011.
The Red Devils host Liverpool on Sunday afternoon at 2.05pm in a huge clash not only for bragging rights – but also in the race for the Premier League title and top four positions.
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.