Real Madrid vs. Manchester United: Jose Mourinho Predicts Open 2nd Leg (Video)

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Manchester United hold the advantage, but Jose Mourinho is nowhere near ready to concede.

Mourinho's Real Madrid drew 1-1 with Manchester United on Wednesday in a highly anticipated UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match at the Estadio Bernabeu. The result will favor United, who will have an away goal under their belts for the return leg at Old Trafford in three weeks' time, but not enough to make the Red Devils runaway favorites.

The return leg is scheduled for March 5, and if Wednesday's first leg was any indication, a classic could be in store. Both teams have plenty of firepower, and both are capable of playing attacking football.

With Real Madrid needing to score at least once, Los Blancos surely won't take a defensive stance. Mourinho, who formerly managed against United with Chelsea in the Premier League, confirmed as much in his post-match comments.

A clip of Mourinho's words appears above and serves as our Set Piece Video of the Day for this post-Champions League Thursday. Enjoy.

"Not a surprise, the match. Not a surprise, the result," said Mourinho, who later rated his team's chances as 50-50. "I think basically what I was waiting for, which is everything open, very open, for the second leg, and as I was thinking, I think this will go to the last minute."

Let's hope Mourinho is right. Just about every minute of the first leg was entertaining. There was Cristiano Ronaldo's supernatural levitation for his headed equalizer, and there was the highlight-reel performance of United's maligned Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, who must have gained some respect from his doubters on the night.

So what do you think, readers? Is Mourinho right to say Real can "score more than one goal" at Old Trafford? Or is it advantage United?

(Video: 101 Great Goals)

 

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