Managers: Red card was cruel
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Fairclough said the red card was harsh and cruel.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Fairclough agreed the decision to send Ross Flitney off after 100 seconds of the Carling Cup tie at Old Trafford was both cruel and harsh.
The Barnet keeper received a red card from referee Richard Beeby, who shrugged while he dished out the punishment, as Manchester United went on to win 4-1 against the ten men.
"Surely we need some common sense," said Ferguson. "Everyone was stunned by it. It shattered a young boy's dream."
Fairclough agreed with the Scot's assessment of the situation.
"It was a really cruel decision," he commented. "It ruined two players' nights.
"The lad was distraught, really distraught and we have also had to take off young Louie Soares, who had not touched the ball, and, like us all, had been looking forward to this night ever since the draw was made."
Ferguson took time out to pay tribute to Giuseppe Rossi who, despite not being at his best, produced a marvellous finish for United's third goal.
"Giuseppe is a natural footballer," enthused the Red Devils boss. "He has an excellent awareness of space and is a marvellous finisher.
"He has a big future in the game."
Meanwhile, protesters against Malcolm Glazer's takeover tried to stage a demonstration at the match.