Sir Alex Not Blaming Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson refused to blame Cristiano Ronaldo for his side’s failure to score an away goal at Barcelona.

The Scot revealed he thought the winger would score, but added: “He’s a bit unlucky. Maybe it’s come too early.”

Of the second penalty incident, he said: “You’re doing well to get one penalty kick. To ask for another one… I wasn’t surprised.”

Ferguson was pleased with his side’s defending but felt they could have created more at the other end.

Describing United’s performance as “professional”, he said: “We sealed off the areas where teams don’t normally do well against Barcelona.

“They didn’t make a lot of chances. Our concentration defending the space was very good.

“We should have done better with our possession. We had opportunities to counter-attack and gave the ball away too easily.”

But he added: “0-0 gives us a marvellous chance.”

Ferguson singled out midfielder Paul Scholes, making his 100th Champions League appearance, for special praise.

“I thought he was one of our best players. His reading of the play outside the box was terrific. His interceptions were marvellous and he never gave the ball away.”

United played without key defender Nemanja Vidic, who was ruled out by an upset stomach.

He remains a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League title showdown with Chelsea.

“We think he’s doubtful. We’ll do our best,” said Ferguson, who confirmed the Serb’s condition had improved.

“Let’s hope we can get him there on Saturday morning – he’ll be desperate to play.”


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  • soccerdrnyc

    how can they take barca for the underdog.
    look at all the skills . huh we did show them
    .what a disgraceful defencive man utd. yes if delrosi had scored the penalty for roma it would bee different game then . at home man utd days are done one away goal , they will play football at home open the space and we will hit them real hard .

  • m33

    yea your writ

  • nate

    That is ridiculous. Barca had 65% possession and couldnt score lol?!?! ManU played a brilliant game, and Barca are lucky ManU didnt get an away goal. I think ManU seals the deal at Old Trafford on the return leg. Barca’s only hope is that Messi is on form

  • soccerdrnyc

    manu played a brilliant my foot with 12men playing defence, when did you ever see them play like that tell when. they wre scared of barce. every man on barce is a level above manu. ronnie and tevez a lost. what wre you guys watching on 4/23/08 not the same game

  • redevil

    I agree with nate. Barca really only had a handful of glaring chances. Next week they’ll have Vidic back so united will be able to play a their game. Anyways United have not lost at home since the game against portsmouth in which they lost on a pk that should never have been called and had their clear penalty turned down. Old Trafford will be electric. Can’t wait

  • soccerdrnyc

    nate and redevil yes playing with so much defenders it take a good team to get chances
    and find space .so let them play the way there going at chelsea on 4/26/08. thats what we wants space to hit them. please go to goal.com read sacchi about cl.

  • john

    i am a man utd fan and will ever be their fan even if there loosinn or winning, i will ever remain there fan forever. i here by sease this oppotunity to thank all my player
    and their coch sir alex faguson for a job well done in this season. once more thank u all. but more effort against barcer next march
    pls play hard.

  • JOHN GODWIN (J.BOY)

    Barca really only had a handful of glaring chances. Next week they’ll have Vidic back so united will be able to play a their game. Anyways United have not lost at home since the game against portsmouth in which they lost on a pk that should never have been called and had their clear penalty turned down. Old Trafford will be electric and a dead standing for barcer becos their will die that day. i can wait to see the shame barcer will go through on that day.

  • soccerdrnyc

    the same shame that barca have then runnning around like chicken without the ball.
    wow one defender is going to change the game.
    yes vidic jboy as manu start to play the way football should be played more space for us
    to score goals .what were you guys watching on 4/23/08 not the same game

  • cese fabregas

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    1 question,i’am many foto’s you.thanks very much