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Ferguson shrugs off missed opportunity

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Sir Alex Ferguson shrugged off the disappointment of his side's failure to grab a deserved away goal at the San Siro and predicted Manchester United will overcome Inter Milan in the return leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The Red Devils were forced to settle for a goalless draw despite dominating the Serie A leaders for large spells.

"I am disappointed we have not won the game," admitted Ferguson. "But it is only half-time in the tie. We still have another match to play at Old Trafford where we have a great record. I realise the tie is not finished but we have given ourselves a great chance."

Cristiano Ronaldo had four good chances - including a last-minute free-kick that was saved by Julio Cesar - Ryan Giggs had another, while the visitors also went close on numerous occasions.

But the precious goal that would have set United up for a smooth passage into the last eight would not come, leaving Ferguson to hope his side can keep Inter out at Old Trafford and get a goal that would allow him to overcome old adversary Jose Mourinho.

It is exactly the same scenario United faced following their semi-final with Barcelona last season.

On that occasion, a Paul Scholes effort was enough to squeeze them into a final they eventually won against Chelsea.

"You can see the maturity in our team now," said Ferguson. "There is always a threat of losing a goal when you do not score. But Barcelona were a fantastic team and we beat them.

"On that night we needed focus and concentration. It was outstanding then and it will have to be the same again."

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