The C2K host exclusively interacts with Goal.com over the Round of 16 Champions League clash between Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho's sides...Joe Morrison gives his views on Tuesday night's epic showdown at Old Trafford where Real Madrid face the Manchester United challenge in the round of 16 Champions League clash. Here's how it went:
|Goal.com: Where do you think the game will be won?
Morrison: In midfield. Sir Alex [Ferguson] always tends to play five across the middle away from home in European matches and four across the middle at home, but I think he will try and dominate midfield with a five possibly with [Wayne] Rooney as the extra midfielder so he can support the attack. Remember Real Madrid must score, nil-nil and Manchester United go through so the onus is on the visitors.
|Goal.com: Should Madrid start with Karim Benzema or Gonzalo Higuain?
Morrison: Higuain. He has been in good form of late and if this game looked like it was heading for extra time then I would bring on Benzema and use his pace to run at tired defensive legs.
|Goal.com: Does Shinji Kagawa deserve a start after his hat-trick over the weekend against Norwich?
Morrison: No. There is a huge difference playing Norwich and facing Real Madrid. In my opinion, he had a poor game in the first leg.
|Goal.com: Will United sit back and play on the counter-attack or will they be more adventurous since they will be at Old Trafford?
Morrison: This is such a tough question as Sir Alex knows they have the away goal and can afford to sit back BUT he also knows that Real Madrid can score in a flash. I think he will go down the cautious defensive route first as in the second half of the first leg Real Madrid struggled to break United down.
|Goal.com: Do you think Sergio Ramos will be a liability at the back for Madrid in light of his inconsistent performances?
Morrison: Not really, although I would prefer Ramos at right back and Pepe in the centre. It is strange that I am looking at the defensive options and the youngest [Raphael] Varane is the first name on my team sheet!
|Goal.com: Predictions and why?
Morrison: Naughty question you know I must remain neutral!
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