All eyes on Ronaldo

Usually good things come to those who wait but this epic clash of clubs comes delightfully early in the season. This, however, is merely the first leg of a 180 minute challenge between Real Madrid and Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson appeared in a confident mood ahead of the game, which he described as an “acid test” for his side. There is a sense of shame however that a clash fit for the final won’t be taking place at Wembley but instead, in the first knock-out stage. “It is unfortunate that we are meeting as early as this, I wish…

All eyes on Ronaldo

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February 13th, 2013

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Usually good things come to those who wait but this epic clash of clubs comes delightfully early in the season. This, however, is merely the first leg of a 180 minute challenge between Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson appeared in a confident mood ahead of the game, which he described as an “acid test” for his side.

There is a sense of shame however that a clash fit for the final won’t be taking place at Wembley but instead, in the first knock-out stage.

“It is unfortunate that we are meeting as early as this, I wish it had been at Wembley (for the final in May), said Ferguson, who is looking for something in Spain tonight that his side can cling to for the return leg in Lancashire in three weeks’ time.

With the second leg a mere three weeks away, Ferguson is sure to be aiming for a measurable result in Spain tonight, adding that he expected the game to live up to the hype that the fans and press alike have created. Jose Mourinho said himself that “it is the game everyone has been waiting for”.

That is most certainly the case when it comes to Cristiano Ronaldo facing up to his old club for the first time since his departure and am ex- manager who is full of praise for the Real forward.

“Ronaldo is a better player than when he left us because of his maturity. He’s at the peak of his career now and the next three years will be the same,” said Ferguson.

“I never thought he’d ever get the amount of goals he’s scored. To score the goals he has scored is phenomenal.” So the proof of this will be in the pudding this evening. “

With United having never beaten Real Madrid away, the pressure is even more on the shoulders of the Red Devils; however Ferguson seems adamant goals will be scored at the Bernabeu “It won’t be 0-0 on Wednesday – I can assure you of that. There will be goals,” he said.

Near full teams will tread the Spanish turf tonight, only major absence for Real is Captain Iker Casillas who is currently benched thanks to a broken thumb. Paul Scholes will be the only Devils player missing the tussle due to an on-going struggle with a knee problem.

So how will the 10 years of waiting end? Will it be a repeat of 2003? Or will United break the cycle and end the match with a win?

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