Sir Alex Ferguson has said he expected Wayne Rooney to be hit by a three-match Euro 2012 ban for his dismissal in Montenegro last week.
Everton boss David Moyes has branded Rooney's suspension, which will keep him out of England's entire group phase in Poland or Ukraine next summer, "a joke".
However, Ferguson, who has still not seen the incident, takes a different view, and told MUTV: "I expected a three-match ban, I must admit. Sending offs usually carry that and I didn't think there was going to be any leniency towards England."
He added: "He is going to miss the group games for England, which is a blow for him and England."
It will be next week before the Football Association receive the written conclusions they require from UEFA before deciding whether to launch an appeal.
Opinion is divided as to whether the FA should mount a challenge, with Wolves boss Mick McCarthy, pointing out appeals to the FA's own disciplinary rulings are rarely successful.
Ferguson stayed well clear of the argument during his weekly press briefing, confirming immediately that he would not answer any questions relating to his star forward.
Moyes took up the argument on Rooney's behalf though.
"The three-game ban is a joke," Moyes said. "There is no doubting that Wayne shouldn't have done what he did.
"But I thought they (UEFA) would have near enough let it go."