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Manchester United 1-2 (2-3 agg.) Real Madrid: Statistics & Post-Match Quotes

Statistics and post-match quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson Mike Phelan, Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Xabi Alonso.

Jasper Juinen

The Busby Babe


Real Madrid

Shots (on target)

19 (7) 23 (10)

Total Passes Completed

219 458

Passing Accuracy

73% 84%

Ball Possession

37% 63%

Tackles won

18 24


12 13


7 12


9 12


4 1


* David de Gea (goalkeeper): 6/16 passing (38%), 2 goals conceded, 7 saves

* Rio Ferdinand (right-center-back): 24/31 passing (77%), 5/7 long balls, 0 tackles, 3 interceptions, 9 clearances (6 effective), 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls

* Nemanja Vidic (left-center-back): 24/32 passing (75%), 2/5 long balls, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 8 clearances (6 effective), 4 shots blocked, 0 fouls

* Rafael (right-back | substituted off 87'): 22/26 passing (85%), 2 chances created, 1/2 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 1 successful dribble, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 4 clearances (3 effective) 2 shots blocked, 0 fouls

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 24/30 passing (80%), 1 chance created, 1/4 crosses, 2/4 long balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 tackles, 1 interception, 5 clearances (2 effective, 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls

* Michael Carrick (central-midfield): 21/26 passing (81%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 2/5 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 5 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 shots (1 on target)

* Tom Cleverley (central-midfield | substituted off 73'): 21/26 passing (81%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 1/1 long ball, 0/1 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 3 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots

* Ryan Giggs (right-winger): 29/36 passing (81%), 4 chances created, 4/5 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 2 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 4 tackles, 4 interceptions, 0 shots

* Nani (left-winger | sent-off 56'): 14/21 passing (67%), 2 chances created, 1/5 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 2 tackles, 0 interceptions, 1 shot (0 on target)

* Danny Welbeck (secondary striker | substituted off 81'): 13/19 passing (68%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 0 fouls won, 6 shots (2 on target)

* Robin van Persie (striker): 9/16 passing (56%), 2 chances created, 1/3 crosses, 0/1 long balls, 0 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 6 shots (0 on target)

* Wayne Rooney (central-midfield | substituted on 73'): 8/12 passing (67%), 0 chances created, 0/2 crosses, 0/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 shot (0 on target)

* Ashley Young (left-winger | substituted on 81'): 5/5 passing (100%), 0 chances created, 0/2 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots

* Antonio Valencia (right-back | substituted on 87'): 1/2 passing (50%), 0 chances created, 0/1 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots


Mike Phelan | MUFC manager (courtesy of MUTV)

(On why Sir Alex Feguson isn't doing the post-match interview...) "[Sir Alex] is too distraught."

(Overall thoughts on the match...) "[To say we’re disappointed] is an understatement. We felt we had the tactics right for such a big game. We felt as though we were comfortable at times at 0-0. We were where we wanted to be. We came out [after half-time] and scored the goal and that put us in a very commanding position. After that we were in reasonable control and created a few chances. Then the game totally changed. The decision… was amazing. But we had to carry on. In a game of this magnitude, with the whole world watching, we feel very disappointed."

(On whether Ferguson had spoken to referee Cuneyt Cakir...) "I don’t think he is in any fit state to talk to the referee about the decision. I think it speaks volumes that I am sat here and not the manager of this fantastic football club. We all saw and witnessed a decision that seemed very harsh. We had a massive audience around the world with people watching in how many countries I do not know, and everybody will be sitting there wondering what happened. A great performance was marred by one decision."

(More on how Ferguson is feeling...) "Mega, mega disappointment. One of the reasons that I'm doing the press conference and talking to [the media] is that he feels I'm probably a bit more diplomatic than he could possibly be. He's annoyed, he's distraught and he knows that if he stands in front of a camera right now, he won't be doing it for many weeks to come."

(On Nani controversially being sent off...) "From our point of view, we felt the ball was in the air, the player was watching the ball. Yes, there was contact, but that's the nature of football and to get a red card seems unbelievable."

(On United performance...) "We knew we had to apply certain tactics to the game. We went over to Madrid and we did a very good job. We got the result that we were looking for, we scored the away goal. We felt that if we could keep things tight, frustrate Madrid and play a little bit on the counter-attack ourselves, then we'll get chances. I think that showed tonight - we did get chances. We didn't convert as many as we should have done but in that one moment when you score the goal, you feel as though the crowd is right behind you, they can see the finishing line. The players sensed they were in control and then it drifted away."

Jose Mourinho | Real Madrid manager (courtesy of Sky Sports)

(Overall thoughts...) "Independent of the [referee’s] decision, the best team lost. We didn't play well. We didn't deserve to win. But football is like this. I am not speaking about the decision because I am not sure of it."

(On the performances for both sides...) "My feeling is that Manchester United were playing very well, were very compact and aggressive in a good way. They were very tactically well organised and the match was very difficult for us. I had the feeling Modric changed the game as he brought qualities we did not have before. I doubt that 11 v 11 we win the match. I am frustrated as we played so well against Barcelona and today, I was waiting for more. I know United are giants, not just physically but mentally. I know they have a manager who can motivate them, but I was waiting for us to play in a different way."

(On after United went down to 10-men...) "When we were against 10, we played very well for 10 minutes. We created them new problems with [Mesut] Ozil wide and Modric and Kaka both behind [Gonzalo] Higuain. I think it was a new problem for them that they couldn't solve with 10 men. We deserve credit for that. But at the end of the match, we couldn't control the possession, which frustrated me because we had one player more. We should have controlled the match but we couldn't and at that moment we had Diego Lopez. To have a fantastic keeper who gives us victory is also part of the game. [David] De Gea was the man of the match in Madrid and today the man of the match was Diego Lopez."

(On Nani being sent off...) "(Nani's dismissal) had the same influence as the decision two years ago to send Pepe off in the semi-final. At this level, there's such a fine balance between such equally matched teams. Playing with one man down for such a long period is going to change a lot in the game."

(On Ferguson deciding to exclude Wayne Rooney from the Manchester United starting XI...) "Sir Alex Ferguson has won the right (to pick his team) over the years. Every decision is correct and every decision should never have a question mark in front. He's the best, he's the top, he's created an incredible history. You (reporter) are nobody, I am nobody, to put a question mark in front. His team was very well-organised. The defence was fantastic and I think he did a great job."

(More on Luka Modric's impact...) "I've always been justified in bringing Modric to the club. I've always been fully convinced he's a great player and today (Tuesday) he brought something different.Tactically, Man United were very well set up and defended stoutly, and Modric brought a bit of speed to our play with his vertical thinking. I think he made the difference."

Xabi Alonso | Real Madrid midfielder (courtesy of ITV Sport)

(On Nani being sent off...) "It was a difficult decision to take from the referee, but we have seen in many previous games that it can be harder playing against 10 men. We produced our best minutes after the sending-off. After that, United pushed really hard, it was difficult not to concede and our goalkeeper was fantastic."

Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid attacker (courtesy of MUTV)

(Overall thoughts... ) "It was an unbelievable night, a very emotional night and what the supporters did for me was massive. I am never going to forget that moment. The only words I can say are that it was unbelievable. For one side I feel happy, for Madrid to go through to the next round, but for the other side I feel a little bit sad because it is not easy to forget this home. I played for six years here and the people were very nice to me. I came here like a child. It was quite a strange feeling. Not just for this game, but the first game too. I felt a little but shy in my game and I have feelings which I can’t explain. I am happy because Madrid got through, I defend my colleagues and I play for Madrid so I try to do my best all of the time. We still have a long way to go in the competition. We have beaten one of the best teams in the world in Manchester United. We will go step by step, but we are in good shape."

(On Real Madrid's success in the past week...) "This week, it was unbelievable to win two games against Barcelona and one against Manchester United. It was fantastic for us, we are in good shape, we are confident and we want to go like that."

(On Nani being sent off...) "To be honest, I did not see what Nani did, but these situations happen in football."

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