scottS4 wrote:Well maybe Ferguson learned his lesson after the the final in 2011. Better to let the spanish teams keep the ball and go for the counter attack. Regardless of all the possesion Madrid had, I think United should have won. Giggs and Van Persie both had easy chances.
I was surprised that our only goal came from a set piece, you'd expect Mourinho to have prepared Real to deal with corners.
Mate, thats just not the case. Barcelona plays tatctis to have 70% ball of the possesion, and they hadn't lost a ball possesion since guardiola took over, it would be wise to let Barca keep the ball.
On the other hand, Madrid plays counterattack direct football down the wings, with quick coherent passing and lots of rotations, just because both teams are from Spain it doesn't mean they play the exact same style like you are implying anyway. I wouldn't think that "he learnt the lesson" is right, i would think he has an ace under his sleave, but don't forget, with this result he's advancing to the next round.
Clearly, Ferguson, a tactical monster decided to lend the ball to Madrid? Why, easy, its a two legged competition, if he can go through hell in Bernabeu with a favorable result (like the one he got) and take a little bit more risks at home then he's absolutely going to go for that. He doesn't just do it against Madrid, he has done it ny ymatches this season, Totenham the last one. We had like 4-5 clear cut chances, scored one, but spurs had the ball all match. Degea was superb, but dempsey upset us in the 93rd minute. Don't speculate or guess, because Ferguson doens't speculate. I don't mean to correct you in a harsh way but we have to get this right lol.
Heiky, I completely agree with you, i think he marked in zones and personal marks, Jones was all over ozil and ronaldo, and Man United overall did a pretty nice job of neutralizing Madrid's key players without letting them think, they where on top all match.
Now, after the favourable result away, lets see, and logic would imply, that Ferguson takes on Madrid's defense and presses them. On the counterattack we created 5-6 chances including sitters and crossbars and clearances from the line, if we actually come out with an attacking or atleast a more offensive formation it would be interesting to see if Madrid can handle a Wordl class van persie, a geniuis Wayne, quick valencia and just the precious attacking football that we have generated this season when we want to, that has us 1st place in league, etc
This is why I disagreed with you Scotts, because Man United HAS the weapons to play Madrid eye to eye, not like he does so with Barca that just toyed us two finals straight, but Madrid has shown with time, that when top sides attack them they can break, I don't want to mention Bayern Munchen, Dortmund, or City again but i will i have to. They are to two top teams and there's no real reason in which Man United can't score 2-3 goals against Madrid in the theatre, the only reason would be ofcourse, if Ferguson decides to park the bus again