On 5th March, Manchester United will host Real Madrid in the second-leg of their Round of 16 Champions League tie.
The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson deploying slightly defensive minded, yet highly effective tactics.
The midfield strata that Fergie used against Los Blancos consisted of Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa and Wayne Rooney, with the latter starting as the right-winger.
However, Rooney failed to produce the required goods on the flank and looked increasingly uncomfortable, particularly when defending against the partnership of Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabio Coentrao.
The testament to this claim is Rooney’s involvement in two of Real Madrid’s best chances during the game.
First came when Rooney unnecessarily committed himself back to counter Ronaldo’s threat, although Rafael Da Silva and Phil Jones were already defending against the Portugal international. As a result, the marauding Coentrao was left unmarked and the wing-back eventually hit the woodwork.