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UEFA Champions League

  • March 5, 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: C. Çakιr
  • • Attendance: 74959

Real Madrid win Aggregate 3 - 2

Manchester United-Real Madrid Preview: All eyes on Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford

Manchester United-Real Madrid Preview: All eyes on Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford

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The last-16 tie is delicately poised at 1-1 after a riveting first leg, whilst the Portuguese forward is back at his old stomping ground for the first time since his €93m move



De Gea
Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra
Carrick, Cleverley
Welbeck, Rooney, Kagawa
Van Persie


Arbeloa, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo

Jose Mourinho has first-choice goalkeeper Iker Casillas back in his squad for the game at Old Trafford for the first time since January 23, but it remains unlikely that the Spain international will feature.

Marcelo is also back in contention after recovering from injury and will push Fabio Coentrao for a place at left-back.

The Real Madrid boss rested plenty of key players in the win over Barcelona at the weekend. Alvaro Arbeloa, Sami Khedira, Angel Di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo will all return to the starting line-up.

Phil Jones (ankle), who impressed in the first leg, is a doubt to feature on Tuesday, though Tom Cleverley is expected to come in for the Red Devils in midfield.

However, Rio Ferdinand is expected to return to the side after missing the win over Norwich at the weekend with illness.

Jonny Evans is likely to once again partner the Englishman in defence, with Nemanja Vidic who played at the weekend, missing out.

  • The two previous Champions League encounters between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Old Trafford have produced 12 goals.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored seven goals in 23 Champions League games at Old Trafford. He has 16 goals in 18 European games at the Santiago Bernabeu.
  • Angel Di Maria has four assists in the competition this season, all coming against Manchester teams - three against City and one against United.

  • Real Madrid are one of two Spanish teams to have beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Champions League. Deportivo La Coruna won 3-2 back in April 2000.

  • Jose Mourinho has never won a Champions League game at Old Trafford. Porto's progress was built on a 1-1 draw while Inter lost 2-0 at United in 2008-09.
  • On the two occasions the Real Madrid boss has won the Champions League, his teams have have knocked out English opposition in the last 16.
  • United have managed only two clean sheets in their last 10 home Champions League games.
  • Alex Ferguson has only won twice in his 15 competitive encounters with Jose Mourinho.

  • The Red Devils have had their woodwork rattled six times, the most of any side in the tournament this season.

Players to watch

J. Evans

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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The Northern Irishman is likely to start the game with Sir Alex Ferguson reluctant to pair both Vidic and Ferdinand together against pacey opposition and he will have a huge part to play in the game as United try to keep a lid on Ronaldo, Di Maria and Ozil on the break. Mourinho's men tormented Barcelona's Puyol and Pique at the Nou Camp just under a week ago and Evans, alongside Ferdinand, will need to show more mobility against the visitors' lightning-quick attacks.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The former Manchester United forward returns to Old Trafford for the first time since his record-breaking move to La Liga. He is never one to shun the limelight, and with all eyes on him at his old stomping ground, the Portuguese will definitely be eager to put on a show. His remarkable leap brought Los Blancos back into the tie in the first leg and chances are that the 28-year-old will grab the headlines once again.

Editor's Prediction

Real Madrid are in rampant form after back-to-back wins over arch-rivals Barcelona in the space of a week and, having rested most of their key players over the weekend, Jose Mourinho's men should be fit and raring to go. Sir Alex Ferguson's side, meanwhile, are coasting in the Premier League and would have had one eye on this tie during their routine win over Norwich at the weekend.

With 12 goals in the last two meetings between these two sides at Old Trafford, expect a high-scoring affair. The Red Devil's defensive record at home in Europe is poor with only two clean sheets in 10, and so Madrid could be favourites to score enough to progress.

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