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Nani apparently broke down in tears after he was sent off in Tuesday night's Champions League defeat by Real Madrid at Old Trafford.

Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir dismissed the 26-year-old for his challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa half an hour before the end of the game and the sending-off turned the tie right on it's head.

It is understood that Nani was distraught in the United dressing room at full-time and later made an emotional phone call home to a long-term mentor in Portugal.

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A source quoted in Sportsmail said: "Nani was inconsolable. He was on the phone to Portugal sobbing, asking people if they thought he had done anything wrong."

Nani has had an up-and-down season as he has become involved in a protracted contract wrangle at United but has the full support of his team-mates in the wake of Tuesday night's game.

He was also consoled by Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford who, it has emerged, was left feeling flat by a game that turned his way on a referee's decision.

The former Chelsea boss apparently told friends he hadn't particularly enjoyed the match and had left Old Trafford disappointed his side had not shown their true selves.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the winner, felt the same. The former United player said: "I went into the dressing room to speak to all the players, the coach, the president, to the Glazers.

"On one side I feel happy for Madrid to go through, the other side I feel a little bit sad because it is not easy to forget this home.

"The feeling was strange — it was not just this game but the first game too; I felt a bit shy in my game but I'm happy because Madrid got through."

Ronaldo also said of Ryan Giggs, who played his 1,000th senior game: "He is the flag of this club and I'm happy for him. I think he's going to finish when he's 50!"

Christiano Ronaldo and the Sportsmail source were quoted in Sportsmail.

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