10 reasons why Real Madrid will beat Manchester United

1. Last time the two teams drew their first leg, Real won the next leg 3-2 (in April 2000)

2. Ronaldo is the Champions League’s top scorer this season, with 7. He also has 31 attempts on target, ten ahead of Lionel Messi in second

3. Real have won their last four games, including two wins over Barcelona. One of those against their great rivals was an away cup tie, poised delicately at 1-1 after the first leg. Sound familiar?

4. Jose Mourhinho has a strong record against Sir Alex Ferguson. Out of their 14 meetings, he’s won six and drawn five. Ferguson has won three

5. Manchester United have never beaten Real Madrid on a Tuesday. In two attempts

6. Former Athletico Madrid stopper David de Gea has never kept a clean sheet against Real, in three attempts

7. Angel Di Maria has four assists in the competition this season, all coming against Manchester teams – three against City and one against United

8. Tonight’s referee, Turkish insurance agent Cuneyt Cakir, has officiated over both sides twice each. While he’s in charge, Real have never lost and United have never won

9. Jose Mourinho’s teams have knocked out English opposition in the last 16 twice before

10. Real Madrid have scored in all 15 of their Champions League away matches under Jose Mourinho, a total of 27 goals

 

[Independent]

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