The outstanding glamour tie in the draw for the Champions League, which took place this morning in Nyon, has brought together two of the founding teams of the competition. United played Real a number of times in the original European Cup in the 1950`s and have become opponents somewhat infrequently since. The statisticians will tell you that United have only beaten Real twice in the last eight meetings, however, times have changed over the last twenty odd years of the Premier League and United are a different team to that facing the wonderful Real team of the 1950`s, with Puskas, Di Stefano and Gento.
Real Madrid have faltered badly this season in La Liga having won the title last year, beating the great Barcelona team into second place. They are certainly not the force they were. Conversely, Manchester United is top of the Premier League, having won away at their nearest rivals this season, beating both Chelsea and Manchester City at their own grounds. They also have the additional firepower of Robin Van Persie, a world class Dutch footballer, who has changed Manchester United from a good team into a great team.
Sir Alex will relish pitting his wits against Jose Mourinho again in the competition and it will be Mourinho who will have watched the draw taking place with some disdain. Real are in the middle of a slump in form at the moment, with only Ronaldo playing anywhere near his form from last season. The pundits will obviously suggest that this is a difficult draw for United, but their form at the moment suggests that they can take on anyone and beat them on their day.
My prediction is that United will go to Real and draw, and then with the advantage of the return match being at home, will win the match and the tie.887042