Manager Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased with Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Inter in the Champions League but regretted not snatching an away goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs went close but Inter held on for a draw in front of their own supporters at the San Siro.
“I hope not scoring a goal doesn’t come back to bite us,” said Ferguson.
“We deserved to win. We showed good composure and maturity. The second leg is at Old Trafford and with our record there we have a good chance to win.”
Inter, who were outplayed in the opening period, improved after the break with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Esteban Cambiasso going close, but it was home goalkeeper Julio Cesar who was the busiest of the two keepers.
Hoping his side can turn things round in the second leg and progress to the quarter-finals, Ferguson added: “They gave us 15 to 20 minutes of pressure as we expected in the second half.
“There’s obviously disappointment we haven’t won the game, for sure.
“We need to win the match in front of own fans. We’re capable of doing that, the game isn’t finished, but we’ve given ourselves a chance of doing that.”
Inter coach Jose Mourinho was full of praise for his keeper Cesar and admitted he was content with the result.
“When I won the Champions League (with Porto in 2004) we drew 0-0 at home in the semi-final and then won away to Deportivo La Coruna,” stated the former Chelsea boss.
“It’s a result that the team who plays at home in the second leg is happy with because they know if they win at home they are in the quarter-finals.
“But for us it was an important result. We didn’t want to go to United with a deficit because they had intensity and speed that we didn’t have.”