Butragueno: Real Madrid-Manchester United tie is wide open

The 49-year-old former Blancos striker says the Champions League tie is finely balance, and added that Cristiano Ronaldo’s headed equaliser was “very beautiful”

Emilio Butragueno has said the Champions League last-16 tie between Real Madrid and Manchester United which finished 1-1 on Wednesday is finely balanced, but admitted he was frustrated at los Blancos‘ failure to record a victory.

The 49-year-old believes his former side could have led at half-time, following a dominant opening 45 minutes from Jose Mourinho’s team.

“The first half was ours and we conceded from a set-piece. We had to leave with an advantage on the scoreboard. The team did a great physical effort in the first half,” he told Real Madrid’s official website.

The former Madrid and Spain star also praised the performance of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, adding: They defended well.

“Manchester United are a good team; they have a competitive spirit and great players.”

Butragueno also praised Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning header, saying: “It was a great goal and a great example of how to get up. It was a very good – and accurate, something of great beauty.

I know that there will be a great reception (when he returns to Old Trafford).”

The second leg takes place on Tuesday, March 5.

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