Manchester United's UEFA Champions League ambitions ended in controversial circumstances after Nani was sent off during a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
The Reds were on course for victory after Sergio Ramos’s own goal just after the half-time break, providing a promising platform to build off following an admirable 1-1 first leg draw at the Bernabeu.
But the tie was completely transformed when the referee Cuneyt Cakir chose to dismiss Nani for an aerial challenge on opposition defender Alvaro Arbeloa on 56 minutes, a decision that prompted fury from the magnificent fans inside the Theatre of Dreams.
As a result, Jose Mourinho’s men pounced on the numerical advantage and ruthlessly scored twice in three minutes via ex-Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric and former United star Cristiano Ronaldo, who graciously refused to celebrate his goal.
Sir Alex’s men responded with great courage and tried to stage another famous late rally that brought a selection of impressive saves from Diego Lopez, though the efforts were ultimately undermined by a controversial sending off.
Club photographers John and Matt Peters and fellow snappers from Getty Images were on hand to capture the players in action and you can view a gallery of pics by clicking on the main photo above.
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