Sir Alex Ferguson could see why Nemanja Vidic was sent off against Otelul Galati, but still believes the Manchester United captain's dismissal was 'very harsh'.
Vidic was sent off in the 2-0 victory in Bucharest midway through the second half following a waist-high challenge on Galati's Gabriel Giurgiu.
The centre-half, who was making his first appearance for United since the opening weekend of the season, was left stunned when German referee Felix Brych produced a red card.
United overcame the decision to record a first UEFA Champions League group win of the season and Ferguson was understanding of the sending off after the game.
"He raised his foot and in the context of a lot of referees' interpretation, particularly in Europe, I can see why, but it was very harsh I think," the United boss told Sky Sports.
When asked if the club would appeal to Uefa, Ferguson replied: "I wouldn't think so, I don't think you win these things."
A brace of Wayne Rooney penalties, either side of Vidic's dismissal, secured the points for United and Ferguson was satisfied to get his team's European campaign up and running.
He added: "I think in a lot of these away games you have to work to get victories, it's not easy and they made it very difficult for us.
"The possession figures showed we were in control of the game and in the second half we improved a great deal.
"I'm satisfied with the result. It was a long night and we had to be patient and work the way through the game."