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Ferguson relief at Euro progress

Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferguson felt United were wasteful against Lyon

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted his side were not at their best as they beat Lyon to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo's winner gave United a 1-0 win at Old Trafford and a 2-1 victory on aggregate.

But United never looked comfortable and Ferguson said: "We should have made more of our chances and possession. We made life difficult for ourselves.

"But we are into the next round which was the objective before the game."

Lyon almost levelled the tie at 2-2 in the second half when Kader Keita fired a shot against the post.

His goal was well-taken - it may not be the best goal he has scored this season but it may turn out to be one of the most important

Sir Alex Ferguson on Ronaldo

But Ferguson felt his side were solid at the back despite their lack of fluency at the other end.

He explained: "Some nervousness came in, because we didn't take the chances and kill the game - so we were on a knife edge.

"The more important part of it was that we were defending well. The back four were quick to advance on to their opponents, and that made a big difference.

"Apart from the shot from Keita that hit the post, they didn't really make a chance."

And Ferguson was quick to pay tribute to Ronaldo, who has now hit 30 goals in his last 30 games.

"His goal was well-taken," Ferguson added. "It may not be the best goal he has scored this season but it may turn out to be one of the most important.


"He has scored 30 goals already this season, and it is only the start of March. Potentially there are 16 or 17 games ahead of him, so he could end up with an even higher score.

"For a wide player to do that is fantastic. It is a great contribution."

And United were also able to celebrate equalling Juventus' Champions League record of 10 straight home wins.

"It is a marvellous record," said Ferguson. "The supporters have a lot to do with that. They were fantastic again here."

Lyon coach Alain Perrin felt his side did not deserve to progress: "You cannot argue with the fact that Manchester United deserved to go through over the two legs, even if our effort perhaps deserved more than we got.

"I think the late goal in the first leg influenced this match."

see also
Man Utd 1-0 Lyon (agg 2-1)
04 Mar 08 |  Europe
Champions League photos
04 Mar 08 |  Europe
Champions League as it happened
04 Mar 08 |  Europe
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