Well that is the end of British interest in the Champions League for this year (well, once Arsenal and Celtic are officially out anyway). I thought last year was poor with only Chelsea making any real progress, but to have no sides in the quarter finals is pathetic.
Saying that last night's game was a real disappointment. It was an incredibly even tie right up until the debateable red card, and I can't help but feel that the game was decided by the referee in the end, not the teams. I'm not saying it definitely wasn't a red (though there was clearly no intent from Nani, who was only trying to bring the ball down), but the decision killed the game stone dead.
I wish referees thought more about the spectacle with decisions like that. A yellow would have been a perfectly reasonable decision, and we would have had an incredible finish to the game as a result. Instead it was ruined. Sure, if it is a blatant red then send them off, but with tight decisions like that they should err in favour of the game and keeping 11 on the pitch. After all football is entertainment as well as business, and last night entertainment lost.
(Incidentally I felt similar about the Bradford City keeper being sent off in the League Cup final).
I'm with Mourinho, the better team lost last night. Anti-United fans are no doubt revelling in that (and it is about time a decision went against them), but as a neutral who wanted Champions League interest to last a little longer, I'm not.
One of the German sides or Madrid/Barce (assuming they come back against Milan) to win it now. I feel a major rivallry between Spain and Germany both domestically and internationally will dominate European football for some time.