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Soccer-Ferguson breaks silence, assures Rooney over future

By Sonia Oxley MANCHESTER, England, March 7 (Reuters) - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson broke his silence on Friday over this week's Champions League exit and dismissed media speculation that dropped striker Wayne Rooney's Old Trafford days were numbered. The England international only came on as a 73rd-minute substitute against Real Madrid in United's biggest game of the season on Tuesday when his side were 2-1 behind and reduced to 10 men after the controversial dismissal of winger Nani.

Football: Teenage fan sorry for 999 call over Nani 'crime'

A teenage Manchester United fan who dialled police to report a referee for the "crime" of sending off Nani during his side's Champions League defeat by Real Madrid has apologised. The 18-year-old, who has not been named, was watching at the home when, like thousands of United fans at Old Trafford on Tuesday, he was incensed by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir's decision to show a red card to Nani.

Soccer-UEFA opens proceedings against United for Ferguson no-show

March 6 (Reuters) - UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United on Wednesday after they failed to fulfil their media obligations in the wake of their Champions League last-16 defeat by Real Madrid. United manager Alex Ferguson did not do post-match interviews or appear for his news conference on Tuesday. His assistant Mike Phelan said Ferguson was too distraught at the decision to send off United winger Nani for a high-footed collision with Real defender Alvaro Arbeloa.

Football: Ronaldo sends United out of Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive goal as Real Madrid controversially came from behind to win 2-1 at Manchester United on Tuesday and reach the Champions League quarter-finals. In a breathless game, Nani forced Sergio Ramos to put through his own goal in the 48th minute to give United a 2-1 aggregate lead in the last 16 tie, only for the Portuguese winger to then be sent off for a foul on Alvaro Arbeloa.

Soccer-Manchester United 1 Real Madrid 2 (aggregate 2-3) - result

MANCHESTER, March 5 (Reuters) - Manchester United 1 Real Madrid 2 - Champions League last-16, second-leg result. Real Madrid win 3-2 on aggregate At Old Trafford Scorers: Manchester United: Sergio Ramos 48og Real Madrid: Luka Modric 66, Cristiano Ronaldo 69 Red card: Nani (Manchester United) 56 Halftime: 0-0 Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey) (Editing by Toby Davis)

URGENT ¥¥¥ Football: Real Madrid beat Man United in Champions League

Real Madrid came from behind to win 2-1 at Manchester United on Tuesday and qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The hosts went ahead through Sergio Ramos' own goal early in the second half but United then had Nani sent off and Madrid scored through Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo to secure a 3-2 aggregate victory. thw/ps
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