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Atletico 1-1 Man Utd: Sir Alex Ferguson joked 'I'll settle for five' before Elanga rescued draw

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Sir Alex Ferguson jokes ‘I’ll settle for FIVE’ when asked how many Man United will beat Atletico Madrid by before Anthony Elanga rescued a draw in Champions League last-16 first leg tie

  • Manchester United secured a 1-1 draw away at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday
  • Anthony Elanga came off the bench to net a late equaliser for the visitors
  • But the result may have come as a disappointment to Sir Alex Ferguson
  • The legendary ex-United boss joked before the game that he’d ‘settle for five’ 


Manchester United snatched a late 1-1 draw away at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night – but the result may have come as a disappointment to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Joao Felix fired Atletico ahead inside the first seven minutes of their last-16 first leg, heading home from close range to open the scoring at the Wanda Metropolitano.

But fortunately for United, Anthony Elanga came off the bench and netted a vital equaliser with 10 minutes remaining, racing onto Bruno Fernandes’ pass and stroking the ball past Jan Oblak expertly.

Anthony Elanga snatched a late 1-1 draw for Man Utd away at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday

Anthony Elanga snatched a late 1-1 draw for Man Utd away at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday

The result leaves United in a strong position to reach the Champions League quarter-finals

The result leaves United in a strong position to reach the Champions League quarter-finals

Ralf Rangnick and Co will be happy with the result in the grand scheme of things, as it leaves them in a solid position to progress from next month’s second leg and reach the quarter-finals of the competition.

However, it’s fair to say their 1-1 draw in Spain didn’t live up to the lofty standards set by Ferguson.

While out in Madrid with ex-United midfielder Bryan Robson on Wednesday, the 80-year-old was approached in the backseat of his chauffeur-driven luxury Bentley by YouTuber Y Haider.  

Ferguson was asked whether he was predicting a 1-0 or 2-0 win for United later that evening, and he jokingly replied: ‘I’ll settle for five!’

But it may have come as a frustration to legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson

But it may have come as a frustration to legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Ferguson joked before the game that he would'settle for five' at the Wanda Metropolitano

Ferguson joked before the game that he would ‘settle for five’ at the Wanda Metropolitano

Unfortunately for Fergie, his former club failed to produce the five-star display he was hoping for and were instead forced to rescue a share of the spoils.

Interim boss Ralf Rangnick was disappointed with their first-half showing on the night, but after turning things around in the second he believes they could have grabbed a late winner if the match continued for another 10 minutes.  

‘What we played in the first half I still cannot believe,’ Rangnick said. 

‘We played without conviction, without aggression and that is why we were struggling. Second half we did better, more possession in areas that mattered and if we played another 10 minutes we might have won the game.

‘We have to play better in the first half, I was very disappointed by that performance in the first half.’

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