Sir Alex Ferguson gambled Wednesday night – and won. Manchester United bravely fielded an attacking lineup against a fierce Real Madrid side and came away with a precious away goal in their 1-1 tie. United now head back to Old Trafford in the driver’s seat: a scoreless draw would be enough to see them into the Champions League quarterfinals.
United seized the lead early thanks to a goal from Danny Welbeck, and although Cristiano Ronaldo headed Madrid level soon after, United – and especially goalkeeper David de Gea – emerged with credit from a second half that saw Jose Mourinho's star-filled side huff and puff, but fail to land the final blow.
"This is a difficult place to come to," said the United boss. "Their home record is outstanding. I was a bit disappointed at how deep we defended in the first half. Fortunately David de Gea was excellent, with 3 or 4 excellent saves in the game.