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Milner: I'm still bitter about Vidic escaping red in League Cup final
By Eurosport

28/01/2019 at 09:53Updated 28/01/2019 at 09:59

James Milner has revealed he is still bitter about referee Phil Dowd's failure to red card Nemanja Vidic in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Aston Villa in the 2010 League Cup final.

Vidic conceded a penalty in the fifth minute of the final after felling Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor at Wembley.

The Serbian defender was guilty of a last man challenge, but somehow only saw yellow as United retained their full starting 11.

Liverpool midfielder Milner converted the penalty for Martin O'Neill's men, but ended up on the losing side as Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney scored to give United a 2-1 win.

Aston Villa's English footballer James Milner (L) celebrates after scoring a penalty against Manchester United during the 2010 Carling Cup Final.

Aston Villa's English footballer James Milner (L) celebrates after scoring a penalty against Manchester United during the 2010 Carling Cup Final.Eurosport

Milner believes the result would have been different if United had been reduced to 10 men with 85 minutes of the final remaining.

"That's one memory you have: an early penalty that should have been a red but wasn't. Then, obviously it's a cup final, the pressure of taking a penalty and I scored it," said Milner.

“But to be 1-0 up anyway, you'd like to think that you can go on and win it. It didn't happen.

“There is obviously that bitterness that I think it was a red card, really.”

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