Ryan Giggs: Nani Red Card against Real Madrid was the Biggest Shock of my Career
Ryan Giggs has described Nani’s controversial red card in Manchester United’s Champions League defeat by Real Madrid as ‘the biggest shock of his career’.
Giggs, 39, who was playing in his 1000th career match, admits he was left stunned when the referee gave the Portuguese winger his marching orders for a mid-air challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa midway through the second-half of Real’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford. ‘I’d initially gone over to tell him Nani was looking at the ball,’ Giggs said in an interview with the Mail on Sunday.
Manchester United’s Luis Nani receiving a red card from referee Cuneyt CakirNani receiving a red card from referee Cuneyt Cakir (Picture: PA) ‘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 card). 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.’
With the Red Devils leading thanks to Sergio Ramos’ own goal early in the second half, Madrid boss Jose Mourinho threw on Luka Modric, who levelled proceedings with a fine individual effort in the 66th minute following Nani’s dismissal, and United old boy Cristiano Ronaldo completed the comeback almost immediately afterward, sending the away side into the next round 3-2 on aggregate.