Rodrigo Possebon, a young player United fans already rate extremely highly, played in his useful composed and effective manner.
However, the lad is now in hospital following a disgraceful ‘challenge’ from the Middlesbrough captain, Emanuel Pogatetz, who has already broken a player’s leg in his relatively short career.
“The injury looked really bad and the lad has gone to hospital,” said Ferguson. “The thing that gets me about challenges like that is that the opponent always claims he has done nothing wrong. He (Pogatetz) should have just walked off the field. Then you get their bench screaming that is wasn’t a sending-off and there is nothing wrong with our player. At least Gareth Southgate was very good about it. He apologised and understood the gravity. It was an absolutely terrible tackle.”