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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)
28.7 Average Age 29
184.7 Average Height (cm) 182.4
(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 6.33
Player Reason Status Rating
Darren Fletcher Out 6.41
Paul Scholes Out 6.54
Phil Jones Doubtful 7.28
Jonny Evans Doubtful 7.18
Ashley Young Doubtful 6.06

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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Comments (39)

 
  • 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

  • Rafael has been AWFUL.

  • Carrick has a great burden today against Khedira & Alonso. I think Carrick and alonso shape will define the result greatly. and anyway, the Battle will be decided by a small details, one ball in the bar another enters the net, that small detalis.

  • I see lots of goals,with united using the same tactics they did to win at city and Chelsea,defending deep and countering down the right flank,where Madrid are vulnerable,a draw would be a great result with the second leg being a big advantage to united(real playing Barcelona twice in the week prior).over 3.5 /2-2 correct score

  • Madrid will win the game. Man u are good, Madrid are better. Madrid are going for the champions league and The "Special One" is the Specialist.

  • Madrid will win the game. Man u are good, Madrid are better. Madrid are going for the champions league and The "Special One" is the Specialist.

  • Madrid will win the game. Man u are good, Madrid are better. Madrid are going for the champions league and The "Special One" is the Specialist.

  • D.López-Arbeloa,Varane,S.Ramos,Coentrão-Khedira,Xabi Alonso-Di María, Özil, C.Ronaldo-Benzema. I think Varane must played, he's amazing now. Man U does not have midfield high quality to give trouble Madrid's midfilders.

  • ¡Hasta el final! ¡Vamos Real!

  • Tought game this will be. Both teams are among the best in the world. Despite MU is in better form than RM. RM will be motivated playing @home, and not having a chance on winning theis internal league, all focus is on the 10th CL cup. But MU in better form, motivated, isolated on top o EPL, will surely have something to say in this game. It will a game with goals, no doubt about it, and the best game of the week. I think all the pressure is on RM shoulders, either they make a good game on their ground, or they pretty much can say goodbye to CL. MU will play with minimum pressure. A 2-1 score will fit MU, im sure RM will try to win at least by 2 goals diference...but against MU it migth not be possible. @wgscheve I think your reading is fairly correct. Hope its a good game, and may the best one win.

  • No Di Maria or Varane is ruled out, they are perfectly fine.

  • Van Persie is going to be a key player for MU because he has the ability to change games, just like Ronaldo for RM.

  • madrid really have to win this leg considering they play barcelona twice before the second leg which is at Old Trafford. considering the teams being put out, i think they are pretty even. Ronaldo will probably be fairly quite considering SAF knows him so well and united will put alot of effort into containing him, and i expect rooney to be the focal point for united (he is notoriously good in big games) and i think he likes his deeper role. As for my prediction: the first leg- i think united will win 2-1. the second leg- united win 2-0 for an aggregate of 4-1. This may surprise alot of people but considering the strength of schedual before the 2 legs, real madrids supposed locker room troubles, and Madrids injury problems i dont think they will be able to keep up with united.

  • best player to score CR7 and realmadrid to win!!!

  • @djcdominic: go kiss mansour's balls!

  • Ronaldo scores, and dont celebrate!

  • Madrid is a different team at home.. Man U does not have midfield quality to give Madrid trouble. Madrid will run all over them.. 3-1 or 4-1 Madrid... Over 2.5 is...THE PLAY

  • Valet1...Ti idiot.."Betonnaya stavka..LOL" Golovu svoyu betonnuyu prover..KRITIN"

  • both team suck cock manchester city forever!

  • Sir Alex will probably ask Evra and Rafael to be more reserved as they are normally bombing forward to deal with the threat of Ronaldo and Ozil.

  • massive game. Utd at 5.50 is great odds

  • Can't see Madrid going out at this stage. With the league surly out of reach and the rumors that Mourinho will leave in the summer, I'd imagine he would be desperate to go out on a high by winning the Champions League.

  • Real madrid= Real ? it's wrong Real Sociedad = Real.

  • real is home united will play counter and have everyone in the middle 2-1 united

  • Game of the season ,,

  • 1-1 or 2-2

  • Better wing attack? Are you sick in the head? The wingers for Madrid are Ronaldo and DiMaria. And for United? Valencia/Nani on the right and...Giggs/Ashley Young/Rooney on the right? No matter what combination you look at, Madrids wingers are miles ahead of whoever utd choose to put there.

  • Manchester United to win even though CR7 is my favorite player. This will be a great match no doubt.

  • United is in better form, and i'm quite sure they will have more posession, better wing-attack, the real problem is Madrid's counter-attack. So i think will be 2-3 for United.

  • Man United will win. I'm confident