Ronaldo-inspired United edge Lyon
Cristiano Ronaldo's 30th goal in 30 games this season saw 1999 UEFA Champions League winners Manchester United safely past six-time French champions Lyon in their last 16 second leg clash on Tuesday as they won 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate).
United prevailed in a poor game which saw Lyon rarely trouble United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar save for one moment in the second-half when substitute Kader Keita's shot beat the Dutchman but came back off the near post.
It left United manager Sir Alex Ferguson happy, especially as it gave United 10 home wins in their last 10 Champions League home matches, but also a little frustrated that United hadn't given the scoreline a proper reflection of the match.
"We should have made more of our chances and possession," said the Scotsman. "We made it difficult for ourselves," he growled.
Ferguson, who could emulate the 1999 win with a treble trophy haul as United are still in contention for the domestic double with the title and FA Cup in their sights, lauded Ronaldo for his scoring achievement.
"It is fantastic. It takes a rare player to do that and it is a great contribution," he said "There was no target set for him at the beginning of the season, but that is what we look for in our young squad."
The Scot then went on to the put the win in perspective: "Ten wins in 10 home matches is a marvellous achievement, and I would put that down to apart from the players that the pitch has improved," he remarked. "The squad is very strong now and you can see that in our midfield which changes all the time and will be different for the FA Cup match this weekend (against Portsmouth in the quarter-finals)."