It is never the United way to give in, but with an away goal advantage handed to Real two were now required for the Reds to progress. It looked like a mountainous task, yet Rooney entered the fray in place of Cleverley with 20 minutes remaining as Sir Alex rolled the dice, while Ashley Young later replaced the excellent Welbeck. United pressed forward valiantly, roared on by the Old Trafford crowd. Carrick forced an excellent save from Lopez with a powerful header, while Rooney blazed a volley over the bar but there were no late plot twists.
United’s class and quality and the fervour of the fans will live long in the memory, sadly so will the sense of injustice.