Fergie rages as proud Euro run is halted

<strong>MANCHESTER UTD (0)</strong> vs <strong>BESIKTAS (1)</strong><br /><br />SIR Alex Ferguson insisted Manchester United had been robbed by a questionable refereeing decision after his youthful side succumbed to a European home defeat for the first time in more than four years.<br /><br />Group B whipping boys Besiktas, already consigned to bottom place, ended the 23-match run courtesy of Rodrigo Tello&rsquo;s deflected first-half strike. But Ferguson was furious that substitute Patrice Evra was denied a late penalty when he burst between two defenders and appeared to be obstructed.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a penalty kick. That&rsquo;s two games in a row they have denied us stonewall penalties but what can you do about it?&rdquo; said the United manager. &ldquo;In the second half they Besiktas went very defensive, they stopped the game and played out time. It&rsquo;s difficult for young players to understand that, but it&rsquo;s a good experience for them.&rdquo;<br /><br />United, who featured eight changes from the team that beat Everton at the weekend, enjoyed the lion&rsquo;s share of possession but failed to create the proportionate amount of clear chances.<br /><br />&ldquo;It was a stellar performance in terms of the flow of the game,&rdquo; Ferguson added. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve shown some really good things tonight and that&rsquo;s encouraging but at the end of the day we just didn&rsquo;t get the result we needed.&rdquo;<br /><br />United&rsquo;s first defeat in the group stages at Old Trafford since 2001 damaged their pride but barely affects their Champions League prospects. <br /><br />A point in their final match against Wolfsburg will still ensure they take top spot. Tello&rsquo;s 20th-minute effort came against the run of play and gave goalkeeper Ben Foster little chance after taking a nick off left-back Rafael da Silva.<br /><br />Summer signing Gabriel Obertan probed but to no avail and it needed the introduction of Evra and Michael Owen to liven the home side, who were enraged to be denied a spot-kick when the Frenchman tumbled.<br /><br />Veteran Besiktas keeper Rustu Recber proved their hero in the dying stages when he acrobatically stopped headers from Federico Macheda and Wes Brown.