Sir Alex Ferguson Confident Of Progression


    Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Manchester United will make the Champions League quarter-finals following their 0-0 draw at Marseille.

    Ferguson admitted his side attacking inspiration – but felt the hosts had a lucky late escape.

    Wayne Rooney appeared to be bundled over by last man Stephane M’Bia as he chased a long through-ball towards goal in the closing stages of the goalless last-16 first leg.

    Ferguson told ITV1: “I think it was very lucky, the referee’s in a good position and I don’t know why he didn’t give us a free-kick and then the decision is straightforward – it’s a red card.”

    On his side’s performance, the Scot added: “It was disappointing, the pitch was lively but they made sure they weren’t going to lose a goal. We got in good positions but we didn’t have enough.

    “Nil-nil can be a dangerous scoreline if you lose a goal at home but it’s about winning the game, if we win the game we’re through. We’re confident, I think we’ll be much better.”

    Midfielder Michael Carrick echoed his manager’s sentiments, telling ITV1: “We’re a bit disappointed with the performance but it’s about winning at home. We’re confident we can do that but we need to play better.

    “Any game away in Europe is a difficult game, but we didn’t play anywhere near our best. We have an opportunity to put it right back at Old Trafford.

    “It wasn’t quite happening for us, our passing wasn’t great and we didn’t create many chances. We defended well, it’s just the other side – our attacking and possession has got to be better.

    “Our record is good at home but we have to play better.”

    Marseille coach Didier Deschamps was pleased with the result, and said: “For the first game it is very important you don’t concede a goal. We have done it, it was a tough game because Manchester are a big team.

    “We had a very good spell in the second half for 20-25 minutes but we couldn’t find a goal.

    “I am very happy for my players, they have done their best. It is important for the return to not concede a goal again and, if we get the opportunity, to score.

    “Manchester are always favourites, it’s not a bad result for us but it is a good result for Manchester.”

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