Sir Alex Ferguson’s last attempt to win the Champions League before his retirement in the 2012/13 season ended in frustration. During the last-16 clash at Old Trafford, Manchester United’s Nani was shown a red card for a high tackle on Alvaro Arbeloa, which caused disbelief and fury among Ferguson and the rest of the team.
Even though United had taken the lead, the match turned when Nani was sent off, leading to their defeat. The incident sparked a debate about whether Nani should have been sent off, with some arguing that he was solely focused on the ball and did not intend to harm Arbeloa.
Despite the disappointment, Ferguson’s enthusiasm for the game remained evident as he stayed involved even after his retirement. Ultimately, Real Madrid advanced to the semi-finals, where they were defeated by Borussia Dortmund, who in turn lost to Bayern Munich in the final at Wembley.