Sir Alex Ferguson fears Real Madrid backlash

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during his side's match against Norwich on March 2, 2013
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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits that his side should have left the Bernabeu with an aggregate lead in their Champions League tie with Real Madrid.

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he is hoping that Manchester United do not rue a string of missed chances from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid.

United left the Bernabeu with a 1-1 draw three weeks ago but had opportunities to win the match, most notably through Robin van Persie late on.

Ferguson has admitted that United should have scored more than once in Spain but is unsure how Madrid will respond at Old Trafford tomorrow night.

The United manager told The Sun: "We could have scored five or six. Unusually for Van Persie, he missed two great opportunities and their goalkeeper made a couple of good saves.

"Danny Welbeck missed one just before half time. We expected Madrid to have a lot of possession, there was nothing that worried me and they weren't carving us open.

"My two previous experiences at the Bernabeu were somewhat different. We drew 0-0 the first time in 2000 and I considered that a poor result. I feared what they would do to us at Old Trafford, and they did. That bit of skill from Fernando Redondo just after half time killed us."

United go into Tuesday's second leg knowing that they will qualify for the last eight with a clean sheet.

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