By Tom Symonds, sports writerThere was a sense of disbelief in the dressing room at Old Trafford.
Manchester United fans have been hoping for some form of glory in the Champions League.
But what happened in the first leg against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night was nothing short of miraculous.
The Reds were chasing a first-leg lead when David De Gea put the ball past Borussia’s goalkeeper from close range.
It was a wonderful finish that sealed a 2-2 draw.
United fans had been hoping to secure a place in the Europa League for some time, with the club struggling with a string of losses at Old Post Office.
But the result meant the club will now face Manchester City in the last 16 of the Champions, which they are currently chasing.
But what’s remarkable about United’s performance was how well it played.
United were not the dominant force they were in the opening leg against Bayer Leverkusen, but their defending was brilliant.
They kept Dortmund out for long periods of the first half and held Dortmund in check for most of the second.
De Geay had a couple of good saves from Victor Valdes to keep United in the game and keep the visitors off the scoreboard.
De Gea, who had just come on for Phil Jones, also had a fine moment in the closing stages, saving Dejan Lovren’s shot after Dejan Gudic had a shot deflected towards him.
He was brilliant, but he did it with a lot of composure.
He was calm.
And with so much on the line it is not easy to do.