The Manchester United manager could offer no excuses for his team's defeat last night, only regret missed opportunities. "The question I asked myself before the game was 'Are we were good enough?'," he said, "and I think we answered it emphatically. We are good enough. We're a very good team.
"I don't think losing a goal was such a blow because we kept creating chances, but it gave Dortmund the comfort to keep sticking their heads in and defend with a bit of resolution. If they hadn't had that cushion they might have collapsed if we'd got a goal.
"They have more experience and at times they did make it count but I look at the two teams I'm not afraid of next season at all. I sure we can go one step better."
Ottmar Hitzfeld, the Dortmund coach, agreed that his team had succeeded as a result of fortune and resilience. "We were constantly under pressure," he said, "and rarely freed ourselves from it. Manchester United played a great game but forgot to score the goals.
"I knew that a whirlwind was going to break over us and that is how it turned out. But we had five international players injured and I wonder how United would have coped with that handicap."Reuse content