Bruce upset at Taylor red card
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Taylor was shown the red card by referee Mike Dean after bringing down Paul Scholes for a penalty on 35 minutes, with the official applying the letter of the law with the Blues keeper the last man.
But City boss Bruce was disappointed Dean strictly adhered to the rules as he felt Taylor's dismissal, coupled with the award of a penalty, was a double punishment for his team.
Bruce is upset referees are not permitted to use their common sense when making decisions and believes Taylor's sending off ruined the contest at Old Trafford, which Blues lost 3-0.
"It was a 50-50 ball and Scholesy has got there just before and it was a penalty, we accept that," said Bruce. "That should be sufficient but it's just this stupid ruling which ruins the game as a spectacle.
"We are punished three times - they score from the penalty, we go down to 10 men and worst of all Maik's suspended against Aston Villa in a couple of weeks' time.
"There's no common sense, the referee couldn't wait to get the card out of his pocket and with the rules he has to do it and the game's absolutely ruined.
"The referees have to obey the letter of the law otherwise they get marked down and unless we address that situation we are always going to be talking about refereeing incidents.
"The referee couldn't have showed common sense otherwise he would have been marked down by the referees' assessors and wouldn't have refereed next week - and that could have cost him £785 or however much they earn."
Red Devils chief Sir Alex Ferguson concedes Taylor was slightly unlucky but insists Dean had no alternative but to dismiss the Northern Ireland international.
Ferguson said: "It was a bit unfortunate for the Birmingham goalkeeper Taylor because he had to go for it, but the mandate for referees is that he was the last man and he brought Scholesy down."