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Butragueno rues Real wastefulness

Former Real Madrid striker Emilio Butragueno said he was angry his old side didn’t beat Manchester United in their Champions League clash.

Former Real Madrid striker Emilio Butragueno said he was angry his old side didn’t beat Manchester United in their Champions League clash.

The 49-year-old believes his former side could have led at half-time, following a dominant opening 45 minutes from Jose Mourinho’s men in their home leg at Santiago Bernabeu in the last-16 tie.

“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, which saw Real enter the second leg on close to level terms – with United technically ahead on away goals.

“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).”
Thu 14 February, 2013
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