Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz has apologised to Martin Taylor after slamming the Birmingham City defender in the aftermath of Saturday's FA Cup defeat to Portsmouth.
Taylor, who hit the headlines after breaking the leg and dislocating the ankle of Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva, was mentioned as the Portuguese number two launched a tirade against referee Martin Atkinson following Pompey's 1-0 sixth round victory at Old Trafford.
Queiroz was unhappy after claiming United winger Cristiano Ronaldo was the victim of harsh treatment from Portsmouth players - and in particular Lassana Diarra.
He had said: "That's why the Taylors of this game can survive and some of the best players are out of the game. It cannot happen any more."
However, Queiroz has now issued an apology for dragging Taylor's name into the debate, saying: "I am deeply sorry if my comments, made when emotions were running high after the Portsmouth game, were misconstrued.
"Everyone at Manchester United knows that Martin Taylor is not that type of player.
"All I sought to say was that in the modern game, because of its speed, we need to have more vigilance on mistimed tackles.
"I apologise for any upset my remarks may have caused."