Manchester United were held to a 2-2 draw by an impressive Portuguese champions Porto in last night?s quarterfinal first leg.
Red Devils trailed for the first time in its title defence in the fourth minute when Jonny Evans? poor clearance allowed Cristian Rodriguez to put Porto ahead.
Porto substitute Mariano Gonzalez scored the equalizing goal in the 89th minute.
“You have to think the last goal was one we could not afford to lose,” said the United boss after Mariano’s late strike.
“It was a terrible goal to give away when you are 2-1 up and seeing the game out. It is a difficult job now, not made any easier when they tell you no British team has won in Porto.
“But we only have ourselves to blame. We just have to win. We have been first at everything at this club. Let’s hope we can be first again.”
Champions Lge Q/F, First Leg
|Manchester United 2||
|FC Porto 2||
Man Utd: Van der Sar, O’Shea, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Ronaldo, Rooney, Park.
Subs: Foster, Neville, Eckersley, Giggs, Nani, Tevez, Macheda.
FC Porto: Helton, Sapunaru, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Cissokho, Lucho Gonzalez, Fernando, Raul Meireles, Lopez, Hulk, Rodriguez.
Subs: Nuno, Stepanov, Mariano Gonzalez, Costa, Madrid, Farias, Sektioui.
Referee: Konrad Plautz (Austria)