Giggs: United-Madrid still 50-50

Ryan Giggs is another that believes Manchester United and Real Madrid share an equal chance still of progressing in the Champions League.

The two sides played out a 1-1 result at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of their Last 16 meeting, with both Coaches post-match reflecting that the tie remains in the balance.

For Welshman Giggs, who came off the bench in the second half, the sentiment is also the same.

“I think it’s 50-50 because you’ve got to recognise the quality they’ve got,” the No 11 commented at the end.

“We’ve got to put pressure on them and put in a good performance, and the crowd will be behind us.

“When you come to a place like this, you’re going to be under pressure and you’re going to be under the cosh.

“If you’re going to win the Champions League, you have to put on performances like that, defend well and win the ball.

“Perhaps we could have held on to the ball a little bit better but overall we’re quite pleased.”

The veteran picked out young teammate David de Gea for praise, after his performance between the sticks ensured the scores remained level.

“David has had to make some good saves, it’s good for him to come back to Madrid and put on a performance like that.

“He’s a top keeper and his shot-stopping is second to none. He showed that tonight. There was a lot of pressure on him coming back to Madrid and he produced the goods.

“Usually, if a ‘keeper makes a mistake it’s a goal but if a centre-forward misses an open goal they get other chances. But he’s produced a great performance tonight.”

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