Former Manchester United striker Terry Gibson has told talkSPORT that they won’t be as naïve as Barcelona when they face Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League clash.
Jose Mourinho's men beat their fierce rivals 4-2 on aggregate in the Copa del Rey thanks to a 3-1 win at the Nou Camp in the second leg as the Catalan giants were caught cold by the direct running of Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria.
And, as Man United prepare to face Madrid at Old Trafford in their Champions League last-16 clash next week, Gibson reckons Sir Alex Ferguson will deal with their attacking threats far better than Barcelona did.
He told Hawksbee and Jacobs: “I’m pretty sure there was nothing there that surprised Sir Alex Ferguson. Manchester United will not be as naïve in their defending as Barcelona. I’m 100% sure about that.
“We rarely see an opportunity where Ronaldo is just up against one defender in a race from the halfway line.
“Those mistakes won’t happen. He has to get the balance right between attack and defence and Alex Ferguson will be totally aware that Real Madrid are still a threat at Old Trafford.”
But Gibson reckons that, even though the La Liga champions grabbed a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu in the first leg, the Red Devils are in good shape to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition on March 5.
“I would still, personally, make Manchester United slight favourites in the second leg,” he added.
“The goal from Real Madrid in the first leg puts it completely in the balance again. They have lost eight games away from home this season so that does give Manchester United belief and hope.”