Sir Alex Ferguson: 'Champions League injustice was not easy to take'

Ferguson: 'CL exit not easy to take'
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Sir Alex Ferguson admits that he 'lost faith' in the game when Nani was controversially sent off during Manchester United's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he lost some "faith" in the game when winger Nani was controversially sent off during his side's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

The Portugal international was given his marching orders for a high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa on Tuesday night, when Madrid clinched a place in the quarter-finals of the elite competition courtesy of a 2-1 win.

"Quite simply, its hard to keep your faith in the game," Ferguson said in a press conference. "It's the third time we've been knocked out by a referee's decision, it's not easy to take.

"But in the analysis of the cold of the day you have to realise that for Manchester United, we just have to get on with it. Nothing can be done now. I've cleared my mind now, it's just another day in the history of this club, not a good day but another day."

Meanwhile, the Scotsman has insisted that reports that striker Wayne Rooney will be sold in the summer are "absolute rubbish" and that he was left out of the starting XI against Madrid for purely tactical reasons.

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho in the stands at Old Trafford to watch his team's Champions League opponents Manchester United play against Everton on February 10, 2013
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