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Statistics & post-match quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson, Robin van Persie, Jose Mourinho, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Busby Babe
Shots (on target)
|28 (8)||13 (6)|
Total Passes Completed
MUFC PLAYER STATISTICS
* David de Gea (goalkeeper): 6/18 passing (33%), 1 goal conceded, 7 saves
* Rio Ferdinand (right-center-back): 29/35 passing (83%), 5/9 long balls, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 12 clearances (7 effective), 1 shot blocked, 1 foul
* Jonny Evans (left-center-back): 21/30 (70%), 2/6 long balls, 2 tackles, 2 interceptions, 9 clearances (7 effective), 3 shots blocked, 0 fouls
* Rafael (right-back): 12/18 passing (67%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 0 successful dribbles, 6 tackles, 1 interception, 3 clearances (1 effective), 0 shots blocked, 3 fouls
* Patrice Evra (left-back): 12/15 passing (80%), 0 chances created, 0/2 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0 successful dribbles, 3 tackles, 1 interception, 3 clearances (1 effective), 2 shots blocked, 1 foul
* Phil Jones (central-midfield): 28/36 passing (78%), 1 chance created, 0/0 crosses, 1/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 2 tackles, 1 interception, 1 shot (0 on target)
* Michael Carrick (central-midfield): 40/46 passing (87%), 2 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 2/4 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 4 tackles, 2 interceptions, 0 shots
* Wayne Rooney (right-winger | substituted off 84'): 21/34 passing (62%), 2 chances created, 4/8 crosses, 2/5 long balls, 0/2 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 1 tackle, 3 interceptions, 2 shots (0 on target), 1 assist
* Danny Welbeck (left-winger | substituted off 73'): 17/22 passing (77%), 1 chance created, 0/1 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 4 tackles, 1 interceptions, 3 shots (2 on target), 1 goal
* Shinji Kagawa (central-attacking-midfielder | substituted off 64'): 18/21 passing (86%), 1 chance created, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 1 shot (0 on target)
* Robin van Persie (striker): 10/20 passing, 2 chances created, 2/6 crosses, 0/1 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 2 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 4 shots (4 on target)
* Ryan Giggs (left-winger | substituted on 64'): 6/8 passing (75%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 1 foul won, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 1 shot (0 on target)
* Antonio Valencia (right-winger | substituted on 73'): 2/2 passing (100%), 0 chances created, 0/1 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots
* Anderson (central-midfield | substituted on 84'): 1/1 passing (100%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots
Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of Sky Sports & MUTV)
(Overall thoughts...) "I think it was an interesting match. There were chances at both ends. David De Gea made three or four terrific saves and we missed some really good chances ourselves. Their keeper [Diego Lopez] made a fantastic save in the last minute and when Robin van Persie hit the bar. There were a lot of incidents and it made it a really interesting game. We sat back off them too much in the first half and they had a lot of play around the edge of our box which is not healthy or good to watch. It was unlike us in many ways but we changed it around in the second half and put Danny Welbeck around Xabi Alonso. It made a great difference and the ebb of the game definitely changed. We had a really good start to the second half and, all in all, created a lot of chances with good attacking football at times but we've not had the possession we should have. Real won the possession without question but they were at home and it's a difficult place to come. I've got to be pleased. The players dug in and got the result. It takes us back to Old Trafford with a great chance."
(On Cristiano Ronaldo's goal... ) "What a header. Unbelievable. You can't stop that, I've got to say, with that leap and spring and he holds himself in the air. And the power in the header. I came in at half-time and said: 'Patrice did you not challenge for it' but I've seen the video. I thought we did well and it was difficult for Cristiano playing against us, his old team. Maybe there was a little bit of emotion attached to it but he was still a big threat for them."
(More thoughts on the state of the tie...) "It's very open. I think they'll score at Old Trafford. We know they're going to be a tremendous counter-attacking team because we've seen it when they played Manchester City at the Etihad. They absolutely dominated the game in the first half. So we've got a big job on our hands but it's definitely within our grasp, no doubt."
Robin van Persie | MUFC striker
(On the chances for both sides...) "We had a couple of good chances and I think if you'd said we would play out a 1-1 before the game, most of us would take it. Away from home it's a good result. For the people who watched that game, they've seen chances on both sides and I think it was a great game to watch. I had three [chances] in the second half, especially the one just after I hit the bar. That was a big chance. I should have put that one in. I just slightly mis-kicked it, didn't hit it properly. With a bit of luck it could have gone in but they didn't and in the dying seconds the keeper made a really good save - I was counting on that one to go in."
(On if United have the advantage taking the tie back home level...) "At this level I don't really think that these kind of teams really care if they play home or away. We don't really care and they don't really care; it's just half-time now and we'll be ready for the second half."
Jose Mourinho | Real Madrid manager (courtesy of RealMadrid.com)
(Overall thoughts...) The tie is absolutely 50:50. Clearly we can score an away goal, but they have scored here. I do not think that Manchester United, because of British culture, will play as they played here, especially in the second half. They are not going to play with all of their defence in the area. We respect our opponents, they have very good players, but my confidence has not been knocked and we can still do it. Real Madrid can score goals and win matches away. Although Real Madrid controlled the match and had the better chances, passage to the quarter-finals will be decided at Old Trafford. We had enough chances to score more than one goal and we had the initiative in the whole match. We played against a team who set up camp inside their area. I do not want to criticise, because they played their game and got a result that they like. We are perfectly able to score goals at Old Trafford. Lots of teams are doing so this season and none of them have our threat in attack."
(On Madrid giving up another set-piece goal...) "If you see it on TV you can see what happened. We train, we organise ourselves, we define each players' role, look at the videos to get to know our opponents' strengths at set pieces, but when you lose individual battles there is no level of organisation that can stop it. We started well, Fabio's shot would usually go in, with the effect he put on the ball. They scored with their first attempt and we had to start from scratch".
(On why he prefers to play the 2nd tie away...) "I like to play the first leg at home because when you play away first you have a tendency to be unhappy with a certain result and when you play away for the second leg you know what you need do. We arrive at Old Trafford level but Manchester United have the advantage. We have to score there to even up the tie"
(On United's tactics...) "I cannot criticise them. They did their job well, defended well and left us no space. Maybe they did not play to win. But they have good players in attack and can create opportunities and score goals from nothing. It could have been 1-2 if it wasn't for Xabi on the line. Even playing in that way, they did their job well and created chances. They'll be going home happy, but they know that Real Madrid are also capable of going through".
(On the state of 1-1 scorelines prior to going away to Barcelona and United in cup competitions...) "I feel no pressure. I work hard and I'm going home content with what I have done and with my head held high. Sometimes you win and others lose. The two results are in the Champions League and the cup are one all draws, with the opponent with the advantage, but Real Madrid can score goals and win matches away". As to whether his future in Spain depends on the outcome of second leg, he was clear: "No idea and I'm not worried about it".
(On Xabi Alonso playing through a knock...) "He had a great match even though he was having difficulties. Not many would play in his state. I loved everything, at the break he was almost brought off but he gave every that he had and now he has to rest. He will not play this weekend"
(On meeting with Sir Alex after the match...) "We were together in my dressing room and will did not talk about football tactics and just relaxed. Now we can do it too because we have to do press conferences. We're friends, life goes on and I will see him another week".
Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid attacker & MUFC legend
(On his belief that Madrid should have scored another...) "We created chances but not clear chances, we should have got another. It was a tough match. Manchester are very strong defensively and created us some problems. We were able to score more goals. We created chances but not clear chances, we should have got another. Everything is wide open and I think we have a chance to go through at Old Trafford. We always have the initiative and we will go to try to win."
(On facing his former club...) "It is a club where I played for six years and I have a very special affection for them. I always want to win but I have respect for the people have given me so much".