This tie is far from over, says Jose Mourinho after Real Madrid and Manchester United draw at the Bernabeu

Bullish Jose Mourinho still confident his Real Madrid side can progress despite Manchester United securing 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu

The Bernabeu

Jose Mourinho declared that Manchester United are by no means defensively invincible at Old Trafford and that his own Real Madrid side believe that they can score there next month to win their Champions League tie.

"We can score at old Trafford. Many teams have done so at Old Traffiord and no team with our attacking quality has played there," said Mourinho, after the 1-1 first leg draw here. "They had chances to win [tonight] and they will go home happy," added the Portuguese, who heads to Manchester with the memory of his knockout triumph at the same stage with Porto nine years ago. "But they know Real Madrid can do it there. As I was thinking [before], it will go to the final minute."

Mourinho initially accused United of lacking ambition and playing only for a draw: "I don't think, with the British culture, that United will play with all their defenders in their half, as they did here," he said. And then he backtracked. "I won't criticise what they did, they got the result they wanted. We had the initiative all the game and we played against a team with lots of players covering their own area."

Cristiano Ronaldo also said that his own side's greater ambition meant they were entitled to have won the match. "We played better and deserved to score more goals," he said.

The prevailing feeling among Ferguson's players as they processed through the media mixed zone was that they had left the second leg on 5 March on more of a knife-edge than it might have been, having failed to seize upon Real's defensive failings. The look on the players' faces was one of disappointment.

But Ferguson could reflect on his tactics – flooding Ronaldo's operating space – working excellently after a concerning first half, in which Rafael da Silva, especially, was overwhelmed.

Ferguson dismissed Mourinho's suggestion that United had not tried to win the game. "Of course we tried to win it. We had four attacking players in the team. But we sat a bit too deep in the first half and allowed them space. But counter-attack is part of the game in Europe. Jose is right in that we weren't as good in possession as we normally are, but that is a credit to Real, too. I think it is [50-50]. It could go either way now. It really depends on who scores first goal. The team that scores first will have a good chance."

Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones were all instrumental in shutting off the multiple attacking threats of Mourinho's side, though David de Gea's four top-class saves delivered a sense that he can yet flourish at United, after a difficult 18 months. "He has been improving all season," said Ferguson. "There was one save in first half that was incredible. He will be pleased particularly coming here as an Atletico [Madrid] player. I'm pleased for him. He made three or four magnificent saves.

"Real's home record is outstanding," he added. "I was a bit disappointed with how deep we defended which gave Real a lot of opportunities for crosses and shots.

Ferguson also paid rich tribute to Ronaldo and the header which equalled out Danny Welbeck's opener. "Cristiano had great years with us. I spoke to him. He is sitting in our dressing room, talking to the lads." Of his equaliser, Ferguson said: "I blamed [Patrice] Evra for not challenging him but then I saw the goal and I was wrong. His kneecap is almost at the same height as Evra's head. His goal in Rome [for United in the 2008 Champions League quarter-final] was very similar. There is not another player who can do that. I know that [Lionel] Messi can't."

Ferguson said there would be more ambition from his side at Old Trafford next month, against a Real side who have won only one of their last five games in England – the Champions League tie at Tottenham in 2011. "They are a fantastic counter-attacking team so we will have to be wary of that but we will obviously be more positive in terms of selection playing at home. But we have got goals in our team.

Mourinho is the one who will arrive in Manchester under most pressure, with defeat rendering his season over. "I don't feel any pressure. I work hard, am very serious and am happy with what I do. I have peace of mind and my head is high, but there is no pressure really," he said. Asked if defeat in Manchester would effectively end his Madrid career, he replied: "I have no idea and I am not worried about it."

News
Kenny Ireland, pictured in 2010.
peopleActor, from House of Cards and Benidorm, was 68
News
A scene from the video shows students mock rioting
newsEnd-of-year leaver's YouTube film features staging of a playground gun massacre
Travel
travel
Environment
View from the Llanberis Track to the mountain lake Llyn
Du’r Arddu
environmentA large chunk of Mount Snowdon, in north Wales, is up for sale
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Voices
A family sit and enjoy a quiet train journey
voicesForcing us to overhear dull phone conversations is an offensive act, says Simon Kelner
News
i100This Instagram photo does not prove Russian army is in Ukraine
Arts and Entertainment
The cast of The Big Bang Theory in a still from the show
tvBig Bang Theory filming delayed by contract dispute over actors' pay
News
Morrissey pictured in 2013
people
Arts and Entertainment
Sydney and Melbourne are locked in a row over giant milk crates
art
Life and Style
The director of Wall-E Andrew Stanton with Angus MacLane's Lego model
gadgetsDesign made in Pixar animator’s spare time could get retail release
News
peopleGuitarist, who played with Aerosmith, Lou Reed and Alice Cooper among others, was 71
Environment
Tyred out: should fair weather cyclists have a separate slow lane?
environmentFormer Labour minister demands 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists
News
people
Sport
England celebrate a wicket for Moeen Ali
sportMoeen Ali stars with five wickets as Cook's men level India series
News
Field of broken dreams: Andy Bell visits Passchendaele
news5 News's Andy Bell visited the killing fields of the Great War, and his ancestor - known only from his compelling war diary - came to life
Travel
travel
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In my grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
Ryanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?

Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
Billionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers

Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
10 best over-ear headphones

Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel