Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he was not surprised by Uefa's decision to hit Wayne Rooney with a three-match suspension for his dismissal against Montenegro last week.
Rooney was sent off in the second half of the clash in Podgorica following a foul on Miodrag Dzudovic, as England picked up a 2-2 draw to secure qualification for Euro 2012.
He had to wait until Thursday to discover his punishment, as Uefa mulled over whether to ban him for one, two or three matches.
The Football Association had been hoping that Uefa would show leniency towards Rooney despite the regulations confirming a three-match suspension would be the appropriate punishment.
England's fears were then confirmed as the decision was made that Rooney should miss the group stage of next summer's tournament in Poland and Ukraine.
While it remains to be seen whether the FA will appeal, debate has already started to rage about whether Rooney should be included in Fabio Capello's final 23-man squad.
Ferguson stayed well clear of the argument during his weekly press briefing ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against Liverpool, confirming immediately that he would not answer any questions relating to his star forward.
However, Ferguson, who has still not seen the incident in Montenegro, later broke his silence to declare that Uefa's verdict came as no surprise.
"I expected a three-match ban, I must admit," he told MUTV. "Sending offs usually carry that and I didn't think there was going to be any leniency towards England.
"He is going to miss the group games for England, which is a blow for him and England."