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Vidic: Galatasaray should have had a penalty

20 September 2012 03:41

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has confessed he was lucky not give away a penalty in the win over Galatasaray.

The defender looked to have put United in a difficult situation less than a minute into the contest when he bundled over Umut Bulut inside the area.

However, despite vociferous appeals from the Turkish outfit, referee Wolfgang Stark refused to point to the spot and United went on to win the Champions League clash 1-0.

Still, despite being cleared of any wrongdoing during the match, Vidic was quick to admit that he believed he had indeed fouled the Galatasaray striker.

He told reporters: "I think maybe I made a penalty. It was a difficult situation for the referee, it was difficult for him to see it. I think we should have had maybe one penalty, but overall we deserved to win.

"We scored a goal at the right moment, but then I believe we were nervous for 10-15 minutes. In the second half, we were stronger.

"The first game in the Champions League is always hard. We started well, but after that we made a few mistakes and caused ourselves some problems. It was tense in the end, we defended a bit more than we wanted but the main thing is we won the three points."

Michael Carrick's seventh-minute strike gave United the lead, and they missed a golden chance to seal the points when Nani's spot-kick was easily saved by Fernando Muslera after Rafael had been brought down inside the area.

That miss was United's third of the season after Javier Hernandez had also been denied from the spot in Saturday's 4-0 over Wigan and Robin van Persie fluffed his effort against Southampton.

"I missed one as well for the national team. I think we've had many players who've missed penalties over the last six months, obviously it's something we should work on," Vidic said.

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
19 September 2012
Game week
1
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
Old Trafford (Manchester)
Attendance
74653

Goals

M. Carrick 7'
(assist by S. Kagawa) 
1 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
15 61'
3 38'
6
2
16 7'
7
22
17 53'
20 81'
26
Coach: A. Ferguson

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
9
52
7
3
11
50
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