Real Madrid’s meeting with Manchester United is the most alluring tie of the Champions League last 16, with two of Europe’s most historic and storied clubs coming together in a match that will see Cristiano Ronaldo go up against his former club.
The duel between coaches Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson is also one to enthral. The pair have met 14 times and it’s The Special One with a clear so advantage—a trend he started when his Porto team knocked out United on their way to Champions League triumph in 2004. Will Ferguson redress the balance somewhat this time? Or will Mourinho continue his mastery of the master?
Either way, the two coaching greats will share a glass of wine after both legs.
Looking at the stats, we can expect Madrid to have plenty of attempts on target. We can also expect them to try and get in behind United’s defence and play chicken with their offside line.
In this clip, B/R’s Will Tidey runs down five things you might not knowing heading into their first-leg meeting at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.