Who said what following their 2 – 0 defeat by Barcelona in the Champions League final in Rome.
Sir Alex Ferguson
We didn’t play as well as we can but you have to give Barcelona credit.
Lionel Messi wasn’t the problem, Xavi and Andres Iniesta kept the ball all night and made it difficult for us.
We didn’t plan to lose a goal as early as that. We didn’t deal with it well enough, it gave them the opportunity to keep possession.
We knew what a good football team they were. We had difficulty in defending against them. Messi dropped into midfield and they kept possession and made it difficult for us.
The disappointment was the use of the ball when we got possession. You have to wait minutes to get it back off them. Could be it was an off night. Could be it was a mountain too big to climb.
But we’ve done well, it’s been a long season, we’ve had 66 games and you’ve got to give the players credit for their courage and resilience. Next season we’ll be better.
The better team won and there’s nothing we can do about that now.
You’ve got to give credit to Barcelona, they played well. We needed to play our best football and we didn’t produce it.
The first goal was a sucker punch, we’d had some good chances. They were two soft goals and we could have done better leading up to them and I could have done better with my positioning but we’ve got no excuses, they were a better team.
Edwin van der Sar
We have come from behind plenty of times before, so the goal itself was not an issue.' But what it did was to allow them to start playing a little bit. In situations like that you have to try and keep possession but at times I felt we lost it a little bit too easily.
One of the biggest disappointments of my career.
We were always confident before the game but unfortunately we couldn’t do it. It is always bad when you lose a final but we didn’t play well.
We did OK in the first 10 minutes but you have to say Barcelona deserved to win.
Barcelona scored two good goals and, unfortunately for us, they came at good times. That made it very difficult for us.
Barcelona are a brilliant team. Andres Iniesta is the best player in the world in my opinion. If you don’t take your chances against them, they will punish you and that is what has happened.
It is very disappointing and the feeling at the moment is not a good one. We are hurting but we have to forget it and look forward to next season.
At times Barcelona can make you look silly because they keep the ball so well.
At times we maybe chased it and didn’t keep our shape as well as we should have but, still, we created chances – and probably more chances than Barcelona.
We said whoever turned up on the night would win and that proved to be the case. They turned up and played some great football – we didn’t really.
I think if we had gone a goal ahead, we’re capable of keeping the ball like they are but credit to them, they deserved it.