4 Bold Predictions for Real Madrid vs. Manchester United Champions League Tie

Will Tidey@willtideySenior Manager, GlobalDecember 20, 2012

Real Madrid drawing Manchester United in the Champions League last 16 is about as storied and romantic a coming together as world football has to offer.

The two enduring giants of the European game will meet for the first leg on February 13 at the Bernabeu, with the return at Old Trafford on March 5.

The tie will see Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo take on his former club, while the coaching duel between Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson—two men who share a mutual respect and a glass of wine every time they meet—is sure to loom large in the buildup.

Madrid are struggling in La Liga, but some will argue that will add to their focus and determination to win a 10th European title this season.

United, meanwhile, are top of the Premier League and have been invigorated by the acquisition of Robin van Persie this summer.

Both teams are vulnerable defensively. Both teams have a point to prove in the Champions League.

In this clip, B/R lead writers Will Tidey and Michael Cummings break down the key battles and make their predictions.

Tell us who you think will come out on top in the comments below.

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