Following the referees shocking red card against Nani, Manchester United will inevitably be feeling a sense of injustice. Sir Alex Ferguson will be seething with anger at the role of the referee in determining the tie. We will never know for sure who might have progressed had the referee not made a shocking decision on Nani but United were clear favorites until that game changing incident.
However, I fully expect Fergie and United to take their anger out on their domestic opponents for the rest of this season as they will be looking to do a domestic double, by winning the Premier League and the FA Cup.
The sheer sense of injustice of Man united fans is understandable but United must not (and Fergie almost certainly will not) allow this defeat to effect the rest of their campaign. What has happened now has happened and United need to regain their focus and complete the job on the domestic front.
They still have a lot to play for and a domestic double is most certainly on. If they could achieve that, it would have to go down as a very successful season, despite the early European exit.
Expect United to channel their anger on the field and devastate their opponents. The silver lining of this European exit is that United can consolidate their position in the Premier League and give it their full focus with no European distractions.
The dream of the Champions League is over for another season and that is always a bitter pill for Ferguson to take. The European cup is the one he covets most of all and he would swap in a second any Premier League title for tasting Champions League glory again, something he has tasted ‘only’ twice throughout his United career.
Its also been a number of years since United have won the FA cup and now they have a golden opportunity to rectify that recent record too.
United still have everything to play for and Fergie will have his eyes already on completing an unprecedented FOURTH double this season.