Jordi Alba: Barcelona could not take risks at Manchester United

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has hailed his side’s win at Manchester United as ‘a very good result’ and defended his side’s conservatism.

Ernesto Valverde’s side secured a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford thanks to a Luke Shaw own goal in the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final which was tense and which had few chances.

“We were very good without creating as many chances as usual,” Alba told reporters, as cited by Marca.

“But we had to ensure we were defensively solid and not leave our defence exposed against such a dangerous attack.

“We had plenty of possession and we were effective with it, and no matter what way you look at it this is a very good result.

“We know this is an opponent who can make the semi-finals and we know what happened last year, but we will face the return leg with confidence.

“David De Gea? He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”

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