Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd: Twitter Reaction to Champions League Showdown

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 13:  Robin van Persie (L) of Manchester United duels for the ball with Angel Di Maria of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester United at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 13, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid and Manchester United fought out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg, leaving the viewers with plenty to chat about.

Fans, former and current players, journalists and plenty from somewhere in between took to Twitter to give their views on events, and to discuss what the second leg would have in store.

Opinions ranged from the scoreline effectively reading "advantage Man United" to why Real were in a perfect position to strike a killer blow at Old Trafford, while there were also plenty of plaudits to the players on show including Cristiano Ronaldo and David de Gea.

A few of the players from the match itself were also on hand to deliver their verdicts.

Here's all the best reaction from the game in tweets:

Great night of football between Real Madrid and Man Utd at one of the sport's great theatres. Roll on the second leg. #bbcfootball

— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) February 13, 2013

Ferguson on the Bernabeu applauding Giggs: "I was delighted with Real Madrid's fans. Ronaldo will get the same at Old Trafford."

— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) February 13, 2013

1 - Real Madrid have won only one of their last five games in England (1-0 at Tottenham, 2011). Barrier.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 13, 2013

Fergie says it was an "unbelievable" goal from Ronaldo, and that they miss him. Says he's proud of how he's flourished at Real Madrid.

— AS English (@English_AS) February 13, 2013

Mourinho:"Lot of teams have been able to score this year at Old Trafford, and none of them have the attacking potential of Real Madrid"

— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) February 13, 2013

Jose Mourinho conducts his entire post-match interview on British TV talking about Manchester United. Hardly a mention of Real Madrid.

— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) February 13, 2013

Can Real Madrid say they did everything possible that game? I'm not so sure. All rather limp in the end, bar the odd spell.

— David (@davidjaca) February 13, 2013

Real Madrid need to look at signing a new forward to help Ronaldo. Benzema hasn't got it in big games, Higuain gone backwards

— Carlo Garganese (@carlogarganese) February 13, 2013

Positives.Huge mental & physical effort in 2nd half from Man United when lesser teams would have buckled.Jones/Welbeck/De Gea all very good.

— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) February 13, 2013

Great to watch Alonso and Carrick go head to head ...2 of the finest midfielders around

— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) February 13, 2013

Man United's touches heat map today. Its fewest passes completed in any competition this season. Parked the bus? twitpic.com/c3g8by

— Albert Larcada (@adlarcada_ESPN) February 13, 2013

There's always room for a couple of funnies:

21 - When Real Madrid won their first European Cup in 1956, Ryan Giggs was only 21. Vet.

— OptaJoke (@OptaJoke) February 13, 2013

So Real Madrid will just play Kaka in the second leg at Old Trafford...we know what happened the last time he showed up there...

— FootballFacts101 (@FootballFact101) February 13, 2013

BREAKING: Real Madrid Starting XI: Cristiano Ronaldo + 10 others. Man United Starting XI: Robin Van Persie + 10 others.

— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) February 13, 2013

Some words from a few of those involved:

United come away from The Bernabèu with a vital away goal courtesy of Welbeck after drawing 1-1 to Real Madrid #united #championsleague

— MANCHESTER UNITED (@MUFCOFFICIAL) February 13, 2013

Real Madrid goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo: "They are a very strong team defensively. We played better and deserved to score more goals" #MUFC

— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 13, 2013

Twt Sergio: The qualification is open,we go to Old Trafford to win. Now it's time to think about la Liga. Hala Madrid! [@sergioramos]

— Real Madrid Info (@RmadridInfo) February 14, 2013

1:1 - noch ist nichts verloren. 1:1 - everything is possible.M1Ö

— Mesut Özil(@MesutOzil1088) February 13, 2013

What an exciting game yesterday! twitter.com/Cristiano/stat…

— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) February 14, 2013

And a closing word for one of the main men from the game, and perhaps one of Twitter's most prolific tweeters:

Anyone else feel like they seen that @cristiano header from last night somewhere before?? #Moscow2008 !?

— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) February 14, 2013

In Moscow I ran to @cristiano to celebrate, last night I wanted to run to him....and kinda strangle him!! Be fair to him he has #Hangtime

— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) February 14, 2013