Sunderland boss Steve Bruce admitted Kieran Richardson‘s “stupid” red card had probably cost his side a stunning victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The former United youngster was sent off in the 85th minute after picking up a second booking with his side leading 2-1 at the time.
Richardson, who had been booked for a 29th-minute foul on Danny Welbeck, kicked the ball away after a free-kick had been awarded to United and his departure would eventually cost his side two points as Anton Ferdinand turned the ball into his own net in stoppage time.
“It was stupid,” said Bruce.“It’s hard enough to defend here with 11 players. These things happen in the heat of the moment but it could have cost us the game.
“It’s totally disappointing. I don’t know what the stat is for the number of times Manchester United have done that but it’s what makes this club what it is I suppose.
“It just proves you have to go down to the wire.
“Even when they don’t play well, they always seem to get something out of it. And the Ayatollah himself just sits there and watches. That’s what he’s brought to the club. They never give in.”