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United set for Ronaldo return

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.


Dan (@MUFC_dan87)



  1. Nelson

    December 20, 2012 at 11:27 am

    This is the tie to watch. Christ it will be a cracker. you have to say it was going to happen sooner or later…..

  2. muna

    December 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    What a tie! Utd is in a good shape, Real is outstanding.. Can’t wait Cr7 against d almighty Utd.

  3. Onkar

    December 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Very much expected…

  4. Sahal

    December 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Madrid’s defence leaks goals,like ours,but unlike us it’s their settled back-four that concede.If we manage to keep Vidic fit and settle the defence we are in with a chance,we always are!
    It will be a great tie as two really attacking teams clash,so too do the most charismatic managers in modern football.
    Can’t wait!

    • kekonius

      December 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      @Sahal: think it is most about our offensive being able to outgun theirs. our defense isnt the same, with or without vida. time will tell. I actually belive Smalling Evans might d the tick better than vida :O

  5. The_Philosopher

    December 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Madrid V United: time to separate the men from the boys.

    I’m not sure if I would prefer to play them over two legs or in a once off CL final match.

    Maybe over two legs because its a more revealing test.

    I hope we’re ready for them by February.

    Ferguson is a master at planning and preparing his palyers so hopefully injury won’t be a factor.

    I hope Kagawa, Vida and Anderson are sll fit come the time.

    I don’t know how Kagawa is gonna get games between now then given Rooney’s form and chemistry with van Persie.

    But we need Kagawa to get games. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and suggest rather audaciously that Rooney be moved to midfield to give Michael Carrick a break and play alongside Cleverley.

    Rooney and Cleverley in the middle. Kagawa and van Persie upfront.

    We can’t leave Kagawa on the bench.

    And we can’t leave Rooney out of it.

    Or maybe Kagawa needs to do sometime on the wings.

    But either way Kagawa and Rooney both have to play. They both have to be in top form come the Madrid game in Febraury.

    I would like to see Kagawa partner with Welbeck as well. They could be another powerful strike partnership.

    Chich needs to get more super-sub time in our games so that he can help with the goal difference.

    I would love to see a quality winger and Victor Wanyama come in in January (Keep dreaming, yeah I know)

    Bottom line, Ferguson is gonna be the difference between victory and defeat against Real Madrid.

    If he can get our squad ready for that contest we should beat them. But if our preparations are hindered by injury or some other unforseeables then its gonna be a big battle getting passed Real.

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