Champions League

Man United 0-1 Atletico Madrid: UCL round of 16, 2nd leg: 3 talking points from the game

Arjun Singh Devgan
Atletico knocked Man United out of the Champions League
Atletico knocked Man United out of the Champions League / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Atletico Madrid knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League with a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory and progress to the quarter-finals as Renan Lodi’s first half goal won the second leg and ultimately the tie, while Atletico also leaned on a big performance from a resurgent Jan Oblak between the sticks.

With it, United’s last hope of silverware this season goes up in smoke and frustration among fans at Old Trafford was clear as the full-time whistle sounded, and here we take a look at the talking points from the game.

1. Ronaldo endured a frustrating night

Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Atletico are one of Cristiano Ronaldo's most favourite opponents, though that magic eluded him as he struggled on the night - looking like a forlorn figure on the pitch.

This was the first Champions League game that he did not have a touch in the box since 2015 and first game without a shot since 2011, which just goes to show how perfectly the Spaniards nullified his threat on the night.

2. United's defence is a major cause of concern

Ralf Rangnick, Harry Maguire
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

The Red Devils defence have struggled in recent times, with skipper, Harry Maguire especially coming in for criticism. This criticism is valid considering that they have kept just two clean sheets in their last 19 Champions League games - conceding 29 goals in the process.

3. Simeone shows that he still can inspire his troops

Diego Simeone
Manchester United v Atletico Madrid: Round Of Sixteen Leg Two - UEFA Champions League / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Many believe that Diego Simeone is coming to an end of his successful tenure at Atletico following their mixed campaign this time around in the LaLiga.

However, the Argentinian showed that he still has it in him to inspire his squad as they played a game that had all the traits which has made the club one of the toughest to beat in the world.

While Renan Lodi scored the only goal of the game, that Atletico qualified for the quarter-finals was due to a combined team effort, with every player performing his role to perfection on the night.