Jamie Carragher has admitted his recent challenge on Manchester United star Nani was a “terrible”.
The Liverpool defender was fortunate not be sent off during the Reds’ 3-1 win for a reckless tackle that led to the Portuguese winger being forced off with a nasty gash just below his knee.
Carragher pulled no punches while discussing the incident on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday broadcast, and admitted he was relieved that Nani did not suffer a more severe injury.
The 33-year-old said: “It was a terrible tackle.
“I apologised to the lad after the game. I think he was training again after a week, fortunately.
“He's been one of the best players this year - not just at Man Utd but in the league.
“I'd just gone to full-back and he'd just switched sides. I'm not stupid - I know Fergie was thinking 'Let's get at him'.
“So I thought I'd try and get as tight as I could. He slightly mis-controlled the ball and I thought I could get it.
“We beat Man Utd, great win - but it took the shine off it a bit later on when I watched it.
“I spoke to Michael Owen a few days later to find out how the lad was doing and I was pleased he was OK.”