Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson
lamented his team's unusually slack defending against Barcelona: "In our best performances this season we have defended very well, but
the defending was shoddy.
"The first goal didn't help. It gave them the opportunity to keep possession. We didn't plan to lose a goal early and we didn't deal with it
well enough. That was the story. To lose a goal like that was a bad goal. It was a disappointing performance and some individuals will feel it themselves."
Ferguson also praised
Barcelona's ability on the ball while criticizing his team's use of possession. "The simple reason [we lost] was possession," he said. "We didn't do anything with it. The
disappointment was the use of the ball when we got possession. You have to wait minutes to get it back off them. Could be it was an off night. Could be it was a mountain too big to climb."
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