The World will Stop
“The world will stop”, claimed Jose Mourinho. Clearly, the importance of tonight’s Champions League clash between Manchester United and Real Madrid hasn’t been understated.
March 5th, 2013
With the score standing at 1-1 from the first leg in Madrid, Real have to score to have any chance of progressing to the next round of the European Cup and salvaging so far (aside from their run in the Spanish Cup) a disappointing season. Jose certainly believes so.
“Everything is open for the second leg and I think this will go to the last minute,” he claimed.
“If you ask me for a percentage, it’s 50/50. We can score more than one goal over there at Old Trafford.”
Unfortunately Ferguson is heading into this clash with a nasty pain in his side, in the form of Phil Jones being ruled unfit to play thanks to a delay recovering from an ankle injury sustained during their 2-1 defeat over Reading. Despite this slight set back he is positive that he is sending out the right team to send Madrid home as losers, stating;
“He’s not fit. His performance over there was excellent but we do have options and hopefully it is something we get right.”
But the main spotlight will be on Ryan Giggs, who is set to make his 1,000th career appearance tonight. Fergusons move to rest him for the weekends Premier League against Norwich means his 1,000th appearance will take place in the white-hot cauldron of Old Trafford on a European night – not even Giggs himself would have made this night so special.