Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford for the first time in three years after Manchester United have been drawn against Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, in what is probably the most glamorous tie out of the Nyon draw.
It’s only the fourth time United and Real Madrid have been drawn together in the European Cup. In 1957, United lost the first leg of the semifinal 3-1 at Santiago Bernabeu and could only draw 2-2 at home. In 2000 the two sides met in the quarter finals with defending champions United holding out for a 0-0 draw in Madrid before succumbing to a 3-2 defeat at home, while three years later, at the same stage, United lost 3-1 in Madrid before a spectacular but ultimately fruitless 4-3 win at home.
The first legs will be played on 12, 13, 19 and 20 February, and the second legs will be played on 5, 6, 12 and 13 March 2013.