Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that last night’s 0-0 draw with Marseille could be a ‘dangerous’ result, and will leave his team needing to be at least two goals in front at home to be safe.
Ferguson still believes his team can go through but has suffered from drawing 0-0 in the first leg in the past, namely against Jose Mourinho’s Porto team, where United drew 0-0 away from home, before leading most of the night 1-0 at home before conceding in stoppage time and having no time left to rectify the situation, losing on away goals.
After a largely uneventful game, the two games shared the spoils at the Stade Velodrome, and Ferguson accepted the result was probably in keeping with the game.
“The result is fine, I think it was a fair result,” said United’s longest serving manager.
“I don’t think Marseille presented any great problems to us in an attacking sense, they only had one strike on goal.
“I thought our two centre-backs were very good. In the first half both teams cancelled each other out. Nothing really happened in the match and I don’t think it was a good match to watch.
“This sort of result can be dangerous if you concede a goal at home. But it’s simple because if we win, we go through.
“It was a disappointing game but they (Marseille) were desperate not to concede a goal.
“But I also expected more of us offensively, as we didn’t make the most of our chances when we got into good positions.”
Marseille boss Didier Deschamps admitted United would be happier with the scoreline, but paid tribute to the effort of his players.
Deschamps said: “I am very happy with my players because they have done their best tonight as Manchester United showed what a good team they are.
“Maybe we will have an opportunity to score in the second leg. It is not a bad result for us but it is a good one for United.”