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Champions League – Match facts: Real Madrid v Manchester United

Facts and figures ahead of the Champions League last 16, first leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester United at Santiago Bernabeu.

The eight European Cup/Champions League encounters between Real Madrid and Manchester Utd have produced 31 goals (3.9/game).

Manchester Utd have never won away against Real Madrid (two defeats, two draws).

The Red Devils have conceded exactly three goals in three of their four trips to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Their last encounter was 10 years ago, in April 2003. Real Madrid won 6-5 on aggregate in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Manchester Utd have only won two of their 13 away Champions League games in Spain (seven draws, four defeats).

Real Madrid have only failed to score once in their last 31 Champions League games, that was against Barcelona at the Bernabeu in April 2011.

Since that semi-final when they failed to hit the back of the net against Barcelona, Real Madrid have scored 33 goals in nine Champions League games at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid have failed to keep a clean sheet in this season’s competition. They have conceded nine goals in the Champions League this season, the most among the 16 teams qualified for the knockout stages.

Manchester Utd have conceded the opening goal in each of their last five Champions League games.

Real Madrid had the joint-most shots (incl. blocked) in the group stages this season, alongside Juventus (126). They’ve scored the most goals from outside the box (6).

Manchester Utd have seen their woodwork rattled five times, the most in the group stages this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the joint-top scorer in the group stages alongside Galatasaray’s Burak Yilmaz (6 goals).

Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez have scored six of Manchester Utd’s nine goals in the Champions League this season (three each). All three of van Persie’s goals have come away from home.

Alex Ferguson has only won two of his 14 competitive encounters with Jose Mourinho (six draws, six defeats)

Kick Off  Timing:

UEFA Champions League Semi Final I

Date: February 13, 2013
Time: 19.45 GMT
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)

Madrid-United The Gem of Champions League Round of 16

A dramatic Champions League Round of 16 draw was made Thursday morning in Nyon, Switzerland, giving football lovers exciting matchups to look forward to in February and March but after Round of 16 Draw… Everyone’s Eyes are on Madrid-United Match.

Real Madrid vs. Manchester United

Dramatic Draw… featuring, Cristiano Ronaldo returning to his former club for the first time; also Jose Mourinho up against United, the team against whom he made his name with Porto’s Champions League win at this stage of the competition in 2004 (and with whom he has been linked as a possible successor to Sir Alex Ferguson); and the memory of what happened in 2003, when Madrid won a quarterfinal 6-5 on aggregate in a game that, arguably, changed the face of English football forever. Watching the second leg at Old Trafford, a 4-3 United win in which the Brazilian Ronaldo scored a hat trick, was Roman Abramovich, who was reportedly so seduced by the attacking football that he bought Chelsea. (He can’t have liked it that much: the first coach he hired who really played an attacking game was Roberto di Matteo this season, and he only lasted three months.)

The difference is that each team has a different priority this season: for United, it has to be wresting the league out of the grasp of its ”noisy neighbors” Manchester City. With City out of all European competition, after finishing at the bottom of Madrid’s group, that won’t be easy. Madrid, on the other hand, have as much as written off La Liga: it is currently 13 back on Barcelona, and president Florentino Perez reportedly told Mourinho that winning a Copa del Rey and Champions League double was his target for the season.

”We have set a clear goal: to win the Champions League,” midfielder Sami Khedira told Bild this week. ”We aren’t doing Real Madrid justice this year. We cannot be happy with the season we are having. We haven’t been able to get into the right rhythm since the very beginning.”

The chance will come in February, and it will be fascinating to see Ronaldo up against his former teammates. They might be surprised by how much better he has become.