The former Spanish international thinks that the old Trafford based side will allow Los Blancos to possess the ball in the match as the tactics paid off in Madrid.
Many critics thought and analysed that Sir Alex Ferguson’s master plan at Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the highly anticipated spectacle of the UEFA Champions League was spot on.
The English league leaders travelled to Madrid for the first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League as the global heavyweights set up a mouth-watering encounter.
The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw after an intense affair saw a host of chances falling to both sides, with neither side able to make full use of the favourable situations.
Danny Welbeck was a surprise inclusion in the United line-up and Sir Alex’s tactical decision paid off as the England striker opened the scoring from a fine header, following a Wayne Rooney corner.
The goal came completely against the run of play, and when it mattered the most, up stepped Cristiano Ronaldo in the famous white jersey, as he always has, to head a miraculous header past David De Gea. The Portuguese’s effort cancelled Welbeck’s goal and
the score-line stayed at 1 a-piece come the final whistle.
Manchester United adapted a clever approach in tackling the quality amongst Madrid’s ranks, as they let them keep the ball and adapt the swift counter-attack approach, so often adapted by the Madrid side against their bitter rivals Barcelona, through the
course of the season.
Former Spanish international Santillana has voiced that he expects United to adapt the same route yet again in the return leg at Old Trafford, but stated that Madrid have the quality to see off United, following their amazing showing at Camp Nou.
"United don't like having the ball too much, they will probably allow Madrid to dominate possession and play a similar game to the one they played at the Bernabeu,"
"And for the speed with which Madrid have on the break, a plan like that would function well, I think. We will be up against more difficulties, though, because they won't let us hit them on the break like Barca do."
The return leg is scheduled to be played at Old Trafford on 5th of March 2013.