Robin van Persie curses missed chances, but insists Real Madrid draw ‘good result’ for Manchester United

By Alex Bysouth

Manchester United top-scorer Robin van Persie bemoaned wasting a golden opportunity to seal a vital away victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League last night.

United earned a draw at the Bernabeu after Cristiano Ronaldo’s bullet header cancelled out Danny Welbeck’s early opener.

Van Persie skewed a superb chance late-on, taking the ball on his chest as the Madrid defence froze, only to see his effort cleared by off the line by Xabi Alonso.

“I had three [chances] in the second half, especially the one just after I hit the bar,” van Persie told Sky Sports.

“That was a big chance, I should have put that one in, I just slightly mis-kicked it – I didn’t hit it properly.

“With a bit of luck it could have gone in but they didn’t and in the dying seconds the keeper made a really good save – I was counting on that one to go in.”

However, the 29-year-old was happy to take the La Liga champions back to Old Trafford all-square and admitted it was an entertaining clash for the neutrals.

“We had a couple of good chances and I think if you’d said we would play out a 1-1 before the game, most of us would take it,” he explained.

“Away from home it’s a good result, for the people who watched that game, they’ve seen chances on both sides and I think it was a great game to watch.”

But the flying Dutchman is well aware this is only half-way in the tie and knows the Red Devils have it all to play for during the second leg in March.

“At this level I don’t really think that these kind of teams really care if they play home or away,” he said.

“We don’t really care and they don’t really care, it’s just half-time now and we’ll be ready for the second half.”

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