Real Madrid came up against a Manchester United team that was well organised and stuck to the game plan well, but it could have all been different. If Madrid had got their noses in front, then United would have had to throw off the shackles a bit and be more adventurous, allowing Madrid more space and freedom to play the kind of football we are so good at.
Unfortunately, the United keeper David de Gea was in inspired form. Madrid started well, especially Angel Di Maria, and were nearly rewarded with a goal after five minutes, but somehow de Gea tipped Coentrao’s curling shot onto the woodwork. 15 minutes later Madrid were behind after a good corner from Rooney. Welbeck lost Ramos in the box and headed home, but the corner should never have been given as the ball came off a United player.
Madrid had to chase the game, but not for long. The excellent Di Maria whipped in a great cross, and Ronaldo seemed to have springs in his boots as he rose to power home a header that de Gea could get nowhere near. The goal by United had taken some of the freedom out of our approach, however, and despite dominating possession and having three times more attempts than United, we were unable to beat the young keeper again.
United were happy with their away goal, but nearly punished us again with a couple of breakaway chances. Jose Mourinho declared that the double header is at exactly 50-50, and is confident of scoring at Old Trafford. He is probably right, but we would have been happier with a lead. highlights below.