By Chris Wright
1. Manchester United would’ve taken that result before kick-off. While they’re not necessarily in pole position for the Old Trafford leg, with an away goal under their collective belt United are in a much stronger position to squeak through than many – including yours truly – predicted.
2. Speaking of the second leg, it really is wide open and theoretically should be an absolute corker. Roll on 5th March!
3. David de Gea is a truly top-notch ‘keeper, positively brimming with potential, who has had far too much criticism slung his way since moving to England by slack-jawed pundits. His three or four saves last night proved his long term worth…
4. Phil Jones did a pretty decent job of restricting Cristiano Ronaldo, tucking just inside his man all night to stop the Real Madrid forward from cutting inside. You can never guarantee that trying to limit Ronaldo to pot shots from distance will stop him from scoring, but Jones did his job man-marking job… well, “manfully” and by and large kept Ronaldo at