RVP rues missed chances in Man Utd’s draw against Real Madrid
Manchester United’s in-form striker Robin van Persie believes he missed chances of putting Manchester United ahead in the 1-1 draw against Real Madrid on Wednesday night. The Dutchman reckons he wasted chances that could have helped Manchester United pick an away win in the first leg of the Round of 16 battle against Real Madrid.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez stopped a couple of sure-shot goals from Robin van Persie in both hales. The winter signing might have a rabbit’s foot in his pocket because of the strikes from Robin van Persie were whiskers away sliding into the net.
“I had three in the second half, especially the other when I hit the bar,” Robin van Persie told Sky Sports. “That was a big chance, I should have put that in. I slightly mis-kicked it, I didn't hit it properly. So with a bit of luck, it could have gone in but it didn't.
“In the dying seconds, their keeper made a really good save because I was counting that one to go in.”
Meanwhile, in Manchester United’s defense goalkeeper David de Gea was sweating as well. The Spanish shot-stopper had to dive in for a couple of important saves to ensure Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was the only goal of the night. Robin van Persie confessed that the match could have gone either way, even though Manchester United got better chances at scoring.
“Yes, for sure (it could have gone either way),” Robin van Persie continued. “They had a couple of good chances and I think if you said it would finish 1-1 before the game, most of us would take it.
“Away from home, it's a good result but for the people who watched the game, they have seen chances on both sides and it was a great game to watch.”
The 1-1 draw means Real Madrid will have to score at Old Trafford in order to enter quarterfinal stage of the Champions League. The former Arsenal striker claims Manchester United cannot bank on such advantages to progress from the Round of 16.
“Well, slightly,” Robin van Persie said admitting Manchester United had edge. At this level I don't really think these kind of teams care if they play at home or away.
“We don't really care, they don't really care and it is only half-time now. We will be ready for the second half.”