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“We deserved to win. We showed good composure and maturity. The second stage is at Old Trafford with our record and we have a good chance to win.”
United fielded a defense unknown, Jonny Evans has partnered with Rio Ferdinand and John O’Shea to the right into the last-16 clash at the San Siro.
International efforts are limited to second half of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Esteban Cambiasso and home goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who was the most active of the two men between the posts.
Hoping his side can turn things around in the second round of the legs and move to the quarterfinals, Ferguson added: “We were given 15 to 20 minutes of pressure as we expected in the second half.
“There are obviously disappointed, we have not won the game, sure.
“We have to win the match in front of own fans. We are able to do so, the game is not over, but we’ve given the chance.”
Among coach José Mourinho was full of praise for his keeper Cesar and admitted that he was satisfied with the outcome.
“When I won the Champions League (with Porto in 2004) drew 0-0 at home in the semi-final and then won away to Deportivo La Coruna,” said the former Chelsea boss.
“It’s a result that the team plays at home in the second stage because he is happy to know that if they earn at home in the quarterfinals.
“But for us it is an important result. Do not want to go to America with a deficit because the intensity and speed that we had.”