Cristiano Ronaldo's implausible sixth minute goal, an inexorable strike from 40 yards, gross a 1-0 victory in Estadio do Dragao and manuscript an all-English semi-final knot aligned with Arsenal.
England defender Ferdinand twisted one of his most terrific demonstrate of the season at the reverse to help maneuver the European champions past Porto, who had materialize from the Old Trafford
First-leg with a 2-2 draw previous week.
Ferdinand tangential with a groin grievance bear on intercontinental responsibility earlier this month, United approved five goals in three games adjacent to
Aston Villa, Porto and Sunderland.
Ferguson acknowledges that his come back against Porto at the side of defensive partner Nemanja Vidic gave United the podium from which to trace a prominent win.
Ferguson said: There was a genuine distinction to our concert in the first-leg, but Rio's return actually put down the nitty-gritty for us. He has been a enormous part of our triumph this season alongside Vidic and I have to say that Porto never seem like scoring.
We had been seep out too many goals for a hardly any weeks, but we give the impression of being like we are back to the attitude of not giving goals away yet again.
After what occur in the first-leg, it was forever going to be a tad of a battle to come first in Porto, so it's a big consequence for us."
United turn out to be the first English teams to beat Porto on their own ground by get rid of Jesualdo Ferreira's team.
The hosts had formerly gone triumphant in eleven games at domicile to English conflict, but united midfielder Michael Carrick, who conquer a first-half ankle bang to play a input position for Ferguson's team, be resolute that United always thought they could end Porto's pompous record.
Carrick said: Apparently it's a harsh
place to come and get a result, but we recognize it was in our hands.
We really nonexistent ourselves to come and score here and secure right. It was a first-class team performance all round and we're charmed to go through.
To get the early goal was a big plus point and from then on, I think we were in control. They approach at us, which you'd anticipate, but we defended very well, even though it was still on a knife-edge.
From going away through, all of a rapid you can be going out, so we were well conscious of that and make out we had to defend right to the final whistle. I thought we did that very well.