5 Reasons Manchester United Will Beat Real Madrid on the Road
In just six days, Manchester United will travel to Madrid to push Los Blancos to the brink of Champions League elimination.
Normally, a road game against Real Madrid would be a nightmare, but this contest could not have come at a better time for the Red Devils.
Those kinds of displays are simply not accepted within a club like Real Madrid, and it is no surprise that the team is facing pressure heading into Wednesday’s game.
Manchester United's Offense
United’s offense is the biggest reason why the team can even dream of winning the Treble. However you feel about the Red Devils you have to admit that 60 goals in just 25 games is incredibly impressive.
Sir Alex Ferguson has a plethora of tools to choose from when he sets up his lineup for Wednesday. He has Robin van Persie, the second best goalscoring machine in the world, and Wayne Rooney, arguably the best box-to-box player in the world.
Additionally, he can spice up his offense with Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez or even Ashley Young.
Considering how important away goals are in the Champions League, you can expect United to bring their deadly, accurate style of play to Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid better be prepared.
Manchester United’s Cynicism
United were given a rare opportunity to show how cynical they can be in last week’s game against Fulham.
Up by one goal in the second half, the Red Devils suddenly had no qualms about bringing the vast majority of their players back to their own penalty box in order to secure the win.
For United fans, this is a good sign.
Not even Manchester United can expect to dictate the style of play when facing Real Madrid on the road. Obviously, the Red Devils’ focus will be on winning, not entertaining.
If United’s potent offense is able to take the lead at Santiago Bernabeu, I can guarantee that not even Van Persie will advance past midfield for the rest of the game.
Jose Mourinho Has Lost Control of His Team
Not a day goes by without another rumor linking Jose Mourinho to a new club. This week, it’s his former team, Chelsea.
Mourinho was riding high after knocking Barcelona down from the throne last season, but this year has proved to be nothing short of a nightmare for the Portuguese manager.
He did not exactly endear himself to fans when he became the answer to the trivia question “who had the audacity to bench Iker Casillas for the first time in 10 years?”
The incident caused fans to boo Mourinho during the next home game.
The environment in Real Madrid is toxic right now, and that works in Manchester United’s favor.
Sir Alex Ferguson Knows How to Handle Ronaldo
Sir Alex Ferguson made Cristiano Ronaldo into the player he is today, and you can be sure the veteran manager has a few ideas on how to stop him.
Ferguson wouldn’t be the legend he is if he didn’t.
Although Ronaldo is one of the greatest players to ever play the game, it can’t hurt that the United defense got to watch him practice day in and day out for most of his career.
Ronaldo is Real Madrid’s most important player, and using their deep knowledge of his playing style to take him out of the game will be the key to United’s success.
Real Madrid Can’t Afford to Rest Players Before the Game
At first glance it looks like the scheduling would favor Real Madrid.
However, United have a comfortable lead in the Premier League and can afford to prioritize the Real Madrid game by benching a few star players against Everton.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, don’t have that privilege. Fresh off an embarrassing defeat against Granada, Los Blancos have their backs against the wall and can’t afford to fall further behind in La Liga.
Even if Mourinho decides to let his star players start on the bench, will he really keep them there if Sevilla starts dominating?
If Real Madrid can’t figure out a way to reconcile their need to save face in La Liga and their hope for advancement in the Champions League, they are going to have an abysmal week.