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Harry left frustrated

Posted on 30 October 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp couldn't hide his disappointment as luck deserted us again at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Harry left frustrated

Harry Redknapp couldn't hide his disappointment as luck deserted us again at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Trailing 1-0 with seven minutes plus added time left to play, Nani scored a second, clinching goal for Manchester United that was full of controversy.

It all started with Nani's burst into the box and a tumble under the challenge of Younes Kaboul.

United appealed for a penalty, referee Mr Clattenburg waved those appeals away and Nani clearly handled the ball as he was on the floor.

Heurelho Gomes, clearly assuming a free-kick had been awarded, picked up the ball and then threw it down to take that free-kick.

However, Nani simply tapped the ball into the empty net and after consulting with his linesman, Mr Clattenburg awarded the goal.

Harry was quick to point out that there were 'no excuses' after the defeat and that the scorline might well have stayed at 1-0 without that controversial second.

But he also stressed that the award of the second goal ended our hopes of finding a late equaliser.

"It was deliberate handball, everyone has seen he's (Nani) has handled it and the players all think it's a free-kick," said Harry at Old Trafford.

"Gomes is stood there waiting to take a free-kick because it was deliberate handball.

"If you look at (Darren) Fletcher's reaction, he calling Nani to get back in position to defend.

"It's disappointing but what can we do now?

"We were losing 1-0 and I'm not saying that we would have gone on to win the game.

"I'm not making excuses. We were losing 1-0 and the chances are that we would have ended up losing 1-0.

"We might have scored though, we were still in the game and you never know, but we didn't get the chance to find out.

"I thought it was an evenly-balanced game throughout, there wasn't a lot between the teams."

Meanwhile, Harry reported that Rafael van der Vaart limped away from the action late in the second half with a hamstring problem.