Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has revealed the Manchester United weak point that his side exploited during their 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
The Spanish outfit progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after dominating 2-1 on aggregate, with Renan Lodi's first-half goal all that separated the two in the second leg.
Man Utd started brilliantly but faded as the game went on, and never ever really looked like scoring after Atletico took the lead on the night.
Speaking with AS post-game, Simeone revealed that he's been impressed with United's slight revival under Ralf Rangnick, however that their susceptibility to counter attacks supplied Atletico with the ideal route to goal.
" Manchester [United] has competed well because their coach arrived and has actually improved a lot. We found them a team extremely difficult, really hard.
" They stated in the previous match that we didn't like the ball, we discovered attacking circumstances to be more strong."
Simeone included: "I'm delighted to see a team that has no shame. At the start of the game I saw that in any counter attack, we could hurt [them] We have a fantastic collective, it leaves me with pleasure.
" It was not just a general effort. I want to make it clear that the team understood what they had to do. [Man Utd] have terrific individuals, they started very well but it was a little untidy to create pressure at the start.
" We understood we could have fun with areas. We suffered and once again we are among the best 8 in Europe, and this is amazing for the club after winning La Liga."