Posted on April 24, 2008
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.”