Date: 25th February 2009 at 2:34pm
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José Mourinho’s Inter could not live with European champions Manchester United yesterday night. The Italians are no doubt relieved after escaping with a 0-0 draw and their papers congratulated United on their display.

But of course Mourinho blamed everyone but himself and his team. His target was, unsurprisingly, the referee, Luis Medina Cantalejo.

‘If we go to Old Trafford and we don’t have the same referee – but we have one who will give the away team so much protection – then my team will get to the quarter-final.

‘I don’t want to go into details of things like how we didn’t have a penalty. Everything was against us, every little detail. You watch how many free-kicks they had and we had. The way we got yellow cards and they did not. I think the tendency was clear.’

Ferguson, rightly, dismissed our dear José’s conspiracy theory which clearly serves only as a way to put pressure on the referee of the second leg.

‘Is he serious? I saw a marvellous refereeing performance.

‘The referee was not intimidated and Jose would have been hoping he was. But he was not intimidated. He was first class.’

‘There’s a disappointment that we have not won the game but with our record at Old Trafford, we should have a great chance. I just hope it doesn’t come back to bite us.

And we hope that Mourinho’s moaning doesn’t come back to haunt us in the form of a referee who WILL favour the away side…