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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(26) 21 Goals 5 (10)
(24) 18 Assists 4 (7)
(6.9) 7.1 Average Ratings 7.1 (6.8)
28.4 Average Age 28.1
184.7 Average Height (cm) 182.1
(1.5) 1.9 Shots pg 1.2 (1.3)
(53%) 51% Aerial Duel Success 58% (51%)
(0.8) 0.9 Dribbles pg 0.8 (0.8)
(1.7) 1.7 Tackles pg 1.3 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Champions League Final Stages.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Iker Casillas Out 6.31
Player Reason Status Rating
Paul Scholes Out 6.39
Darren Fletcher Out 6.39
Phil Jones Doubtful 7.28
Ashley Young Doubtful 6.03
Jonny Evans Doubtful 7.13

Team News

  • Angel Di Maria has returned from injury and should play on the right, replacing Karim Benzema in that position, who will in turn move up front.
  • Iker Casillas is still out with a hand injury so Diego Lopez will play in goal.
  • Raphael Varane is also fit to play having made it back from injury in time, but Pepe is likely to be preferred at the back.
  • Manchester United have worries over the fitness of Phil Jones and Jonny Evans, both of whom were forced off injured during the win over Everton on Sunday.
  • However, both have trained - as has Ashley Young - and all three should be available for selection.
  • Nonetheless, Rio Ferdinand was rested for that game and is likely to partner Nemanja Vidic at the heart of defence.
  • Paul Scholes has been left out of the squad for the trip to Madrid, and Sir Alex Ferguson could opt to play Phil Jones in defensive midfield along with Carrick and Cleverley as he has done a few times this season, including against Spurs and Everton recently.

Prediction

  • Undoubtedly the pick of the ties in the Champions League last 16 sees two giants of world football, Real Madrid and Manchester United, face off, with Cristiano Ronaldo up against his old side for the first time since his record move to the Bernabeu.
  • All the attention will be on Ronaldo in the build up to this game. He scored a hat trick in the win over Sevilla at the weekend and will be the main threat for the Spaniards, but Sir Alex Ferguson knows him better than most and may have a gameplan to deal with him.
  • Utd are completely dominating the Premier League, 12 points clear at the top and all but certain to win the title. They will be fully focussed on getting past Real, who are somewhat out of sorts at the moment, 3rd in La Liga and 16 points behind Barcelona.
  • These sides produced an unbelievable tie when they last met back in 2003. Real won the first leg 3-1 in Spain, before the other Ronaldo scored a hat-trick at Old Trafford in a 4-3 win for Utd that was enough to put the Whites through. With all the attacking talent these two have we could be in for another goal-filled tie, with Real taking a narrow lead to England for the return leg.
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Latest Comments

 
  • ha ha poor united fans

  • hope Madrid will emerge victorious after second leg

  • @pan_slaw Rooney got an assist.

  • the ref is a madrid fan that's for sure

  • the referee is a shabi

  • The referee was awkward...

  • Man United is going to win treble

  • Rooney better than RVP? Joke!

  • United have the advantage heading into the second leg, however slender it may be.

  • It was a game worth watching

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