Mourinho satisfied with players after 1-1 draw against Man Utd
It appears as if Manchester United proved to be a force to be reckoned with following the “Acid Test” at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes playing against Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid was the ultimate test for his team.
Manchester United acquired a big advantage over their European adversaries by recording a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid’s home. Now, the visitors will be on the back of foot and under-pressure to score a goal when they visit the Old Trafford on March 5.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho believes his side can score more than just one at goal against Manchester United at the Old Trafford. The Bernabeu boss believes his side fought well against Real Madrid, although it was a “difficult game”.
“I think the players gave everything,” Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports after the game. “Of course it was a difficult game. To be losing 1-0 is not easy situation. Now is our time to go to Old Trafford and I think 1-1 is not a bad result and we can score more than one goal there.
“There was nothing new, it was not a surprise. Not a surprise the match or the result. Basically it was what I was waiting for which was everything open for the second leg and I was thinking this could go to the last minute.
“They changed their way of playing, with the block very low. Rio and Evans didn't put one foot in our half to protect the space.”
In spite of playing at home, Real Madrid players were dogged around on the field. Manchester United defended extremely well even though they allowed Real Madrid with open spaces in the midfield.
“They were waiting for a set piece or counter attack,” Jose Mourinho added. “We were the team who had to chase the game. They defend well. The result is open. If you ask for a percentage I don't change one thing, it is 50/50.
“We can score more goals. They had two big chances in second half but chances out of the context because we were chasing the game. This is the Champions League; it is two matches, home and away and I think they did their match well.”