Manchester United should be taking a lead to Munich, insists Nemanja Vidic
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic claimed that one mistake prevented his team from going to Germany for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with Bayern Munich with a lead.
United will go to Munich for next Wednesday's game with confidence boosted after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last night, but they could have been in an even better position.
After coming in for heavy criticism throughout this season, United surprised many with arguably their most competent performance of the campaign at Old Trafford against the defending European champions.
Vidic put them ahead in the wake of a battering on the possession counter, only for Bastian Schweinsteiger to level for the defending champions.
There was much to admire about United's display, though, and they now have something to build on.
"It was a tough game and a good result," said Vidic.
"We felt we had good positions and were solid, but one mistake was punished and they showed what a good team they are.
"They had a lot of possession but we accepted they would and we tried to counter attack.
"I think it will be the same game next week. They will have the same possession, especially as it's their own ground, but if we keep the shape we can hurt them with our pace."
Former United captain Roy Keane, often a critical voice, was watching for television and saw positives.
"They've got a chance," said Keane.
"It's a fair result, the manager, players and fans played their part. You can't begrudge Bayern their equaliser, but Manchester United are more than capable of scoring in the away game.
"We've seen United not turn up in big games, so they should go to Bayern with their confidence boosted."
Manager David Moyes was happy with his side but urged caution too.
"The players played really well so we're delighted but just a bit disappointed that we conceded in the end.
"There was a real determination to make sure we did well, the players realised we were playing a really good side.
"It's a competition we have a good history in. We know we've got to score a goal in the second leg. We have to do something about it. But we know we've given ourselves a great opportunity.
"At the moment, if the scores stay the same, Bayern win. But we've given ourselves a great opportunity."
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola acknowledged his side had been troubled by United.
"I am quite satisfied. Manchester United has one of the best teams in the world," he said.
"We scored an away goal which is important, but we also got lucky that efforts from Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney did not go in.
"The goal we conceded was difficult to defend.
"It is always dangerous when you go into the second leg with a 1-1 draw, but even a 2-1 victory would have been dangerous.
"We will try to win the second leg and I am sure we can do it. I have full confidence in my players and hope the fans in Munich will push us like the United supporters did for their team," he added.
Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos said: "It was a tough game. We were dominant throughout, but United threw everything at us. They defended with 10 men and were dangerous with counter-attacks."