WELL that was frustrating. For around 70 minutes, it was a pretty effective European performance. We made some chances, we kept Lisbon quiet, and we had a good 2-0 lead to take into the second leg.
So why did we feel the need to sit back in a game we were so in control of, instead of going for the kill? 2-0 isn't always a winning lead in a two legged tie, but 3-0 would have put it to bed. Instead, we settled for 2-0, let Lisbon have the ball, and were duly punished by our own mistake and now go to Portugal next week sweating.
There were positives though, Osman was excellent in the centre of midfield, and he will need to be for the rest of the season with news of Fellaini's injury.
It is good to see that Cahill is back to his best too, and while Distin may have had some unconvincing games since signing, but his recent performances have been good, and he played well again until a Brazilian unfortunately tumbled in front of him.