Ferguson sees Manchester United entering quarterfinals after 1-1 draw
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side are favorites to qualify for the quarterfinals. Manchester United recorded a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the Round of 16 on Wednesday.
The match may have resulted in a draw, but in reality the 1-1 scoreline is a big win for Manchester United, since the visitors a goal on the away leg. This fact gives Manchester United a unique edge before the second leg of the game.
Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for his former player Cristiano Ronaldo after the game. The Old Trafford boss labeled him to be Manchester United’s biggest threat. Sir Alex Ferguson believes Cristiano Ronaldo alone can ensure Real Madrid are the ones who qualify for the quarterfinals with just a couple of minutes of brilliance.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the equalizer for Real Madrid, after Danny Welbeck drew first blood, but his performance didn’t impress onlookers. The Portugal international found it difficult to get past the Manchester United midfield and had a dozen of his shots stopped as well.
“I think it was difficult for (Ronaldo) playing against us,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “What a header, unbelievable. You cant stop that, he springs and holds himself in the air.
“I said to Patrice Evra at half-time, ‘you didn't challenge for that’. And when I saw the video I thought, ‘what was I talking about?’.
“I think it's difficult for Cristiano playing against us, his old team. There's a little bit of emotion attached to it for him because he had so many great years for us.
“He was still a big threat for them. When he gets the ball you're praying more than anything.”
Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t surprised with how the game had progressed. The gaffer said he Manchester United were capable of fighting and that Real Madrid’s attack would be threatenting to score a goal till the final minute.
“There were a lot of incidents, chances at both ends,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “De Gea made three or four good saves. We've missed some great chances ourselves, their keeper has made two great saves.
“The disappointing part was in the first half we sat off them too much, they got some play on the edge of our box and that's not healthy. We changed it round at half time and that made a difference in terms of the ebb of the game.
“All in all we created a lot of chances in the match and played some good attacking football at times. I've got to be pleased, they've dug in to take us back to Old Trafford with a chance. We've got a big task but its within our grasp.”