Why did Ronaldo handle the ball?

While Manchester United beat Manchester City yesterday in the derby to put pressure on Liverpool and Chelsea at the top of the league, the game's biggest talking point was Cristiano Ronaldo's sending-off.

The Portugal winger was harshly booked for a tackle on Shaun Wright Phillips but then deliberately handled a Wayne Rooney corner in the City box and was promptly given his marching orders. But why did Ronaldo handle the ball?

Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that the winger was trying to protect his face while City boss Mark Hughes quipped why didn't the Portugal captain just head the ball? Which ever side of the fence you're on, you have to ask what the feck was Ronaldo thinking as the ball came across? Not the face, please not the face!!

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