The Bernabeu this evening will stage one of the all-time great match-ups in European football and it is safe to say viewing figures will be massive for Jose Mourinho v Sir Alex Ferguson, Cristiano Ronaldo v Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick v Xabi Alonso.
With Barcelona holding a sizable advantage at the top of La Liga and playing some super football, Real Madrid have all but conceded La Liga, leaving their 10th European Cup an absolute must win to salvage their season.
Meanwhile Manchester United are 12 points clear in the Premier League and there is a growing assumption at Old Trafford that the treble could well and truly be on this season.
When the draw was made we felt strongly that Real Madrid would have too much for United – over the last few years it is safe to say the top two in La Liga have been a class above their European rivals.
In recent weeks, with Iker Casillas out of the tie, Real Madrid’s reported dressing room mutiny and Manchester United’s impressive form, this two-legged Champions League clash has become a lot harder to call.
Early teams news suggests Sir Alex Ferguson will play Phil Jones and Shinji Kagawa to stop the Real Madrid midfield feeding danger man Cristiano Ronaldo.
Whilst all eyes will be on Ronaldo, playing against his former club, it is the likes of Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria who United really have to stop.
And Mourinho will be keen not to concede an away goal. With Pepe just back from injury and Robin van Persie in excellent touch, we fancy United and Ronaldo to score.
It promises to be a fascinating encounter and our pals at Bet365 have a rather attractive offer for you.
Current odds: Real Madrid 1.57; Draw 4.75; Manchester United 5.50.
101gg predicts: Real Madrid 2 – Manchester United 1. Cristiano Ronaldo to score first goal. 26/1 with the good folk at Bet365.
At the very bottom of this post is a video preview of Real Madrid v Manchester United.
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