Manchester United drawn against Real Madrid in Champions League last 16.
Manchester United have been drawn against Real Madrid in the stand-out tie of the Champions League last 16. The match will see Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford for the first time since his £80m move from United to Madrid in 2009 and will also pit Sir Alex Ferguson against José Mourinho.
Britain’s two other representatives, Arsenal and Celtic, have also been handed tough draws. Arsenal will face last season’s beaten finalists Bayern Munich while Celtic take on the Italian champions Juventus as they look for a place in the quarter-finals.
United have a slight advantage over Madrid in that as group winners they will get to play the second leg at home. Arsenal and Celtic, who were group runners-up, will both play their second legs away.
The most eye-catching tie not involving British sides is that of Barcelona v Milan, while the German champions Borussia Dortmund face Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia play Paris St-Germain, Porto meet the Spanish side Málaga and Galatasaray come up against Schalke.
Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for United, but it was another Ronaldo – the Brazilian striker – who took the headlines when the clubs last faced each other in 2003, scoring a hat-trick at Old Trafford as Madrid went through 6-5 on aggregate.
The United defender Rio Ferdinand reacted to the draw on Twitter , saying: “Oh yes, Madrid!! What a great couple a games that’ll be!! @Cristiano see u soon bro!!”
Real Madrid v Manchester United
Arsenal v Bayern Munich
Celtic v Juventus
Milan v Barcelona
Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund
Valencia v Paris St-Germain
Galatasaray v Schalke
Porto v Málaga
• First legs to be played 12/13/19/20 February 2013
• Second legs to be played 5/6/12/13 March 2013