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Imagining a Manchester United Season Without Nani's Red Card
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For the most ludicrously controversial moment of the entire European season, you have to look back to the second leg of the Champions League second round.

With Manchester United a goal up against Real Madrid, Portuguese winger Nani was shown a straight red card for a high boot—Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir citing dangerous play—and within moments the Red Devils' European Cup dream had all but died as they conceded two quick-fire goals to be knocked out of this season's competition.

It was a decision that many believe changed the entire course of the tie, handing the initiative to Real Madrid, who utilised their extra man and got the result they required to proceed to the quarter-final.

But what if it had never happened? What if the official saw the challenge and deemed it worthy of only a yellow card. How would Manchester United's season then have panned out?

Let's take a prophetic look, at how things may have worked out.

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