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'You need to have courage'

Manchester United took a huge step towards the semi-final of the Champions League last night after beating Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and making themselves look like genuine contenders for the trophy.

United won thanks to a superb first-half Wayne Rooney strike, in which he slotted home a precision finish from a delightful Ryan Giggs cutback, but despite their overwhelming superiority they victory didn’t come without some controversy: Chelsea were denied a stonewall penalty when Ramires was brought down in the box by Patrice Evra’s knee-high tackle, and Carlo Ancelotti was clearly unhappy with the decision, saying that the ref didn’t have the courage to give it.

‘It's not easy to give the penalty in the last minute,’ said the Blues boss. ‘You need to have personality, courage and character. Not always do referees have these kind of skills. It was clear. For everyone. Everyone knows it was clear.

‘I'm disappointed but this is the result. Not just the referee, but the assistant was in the right position to decide that was a penalty. I said to the referee (after the game) that it was a penalty and he needed to whistle. He said nothing. No answer.

‘The players are aggrieved. But we have to forget it and be focused for the next game. We have to try our best there.’

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