Manchester United Versus Real Madrid
On Tuesday 5th March Manchester United face Real Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg. The tie is nicely poised at 1-1. Real star Cristiano Ronaldo returns to his old stamping ground, or rather – dancing stage, Old Trafford. Big match!
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Frankly I’m a bit peeved. On Tuesday 5th March – Mum’s 92nd birthday – I must play in an important local league table tennis match. So I will have to record the big match that night: Manchester United versus Real Madrid (with Cristiano Ronaldo).
At 1-1 the tie is delicately poised. More spice is added by the fact that Real manager Jose Mourinho once managed Chelsea to some glorious league titles in England.
To be honest I went off Real when they signed Ronaldo, as he was then “Mr. Man U”. I am glad that Barcelona now have a massive points lead in the Spanish La Liga. Yet Ronaldo now has the chance to become my hero, by helping Real beat THEM. As a lifelong Leeds United fan, wanting to see Man U beaten is in my DNA. Since bullyboy Ferguson took over (see my earlier piece on Him) there has been nothing better that to see Them lose.
I feel the same way about the “Eggheads” on that TV quiz show: their challengers get all the easy questions. Ferguson seems to have all the English referees in his pocket, but hopefully not those European officials.
Real Madrid have a great history. In the 1950s and early 60s they won five European Cups in a row. They then had legendary players such as Di Stefano and Puskas. Over the years their team-sheet has included players such as Gento, Didi, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos and David Beckham.
Last week they beat Barcelona 3-1 at Barcelona’s ground in the Spanish Cup semi-final. A repeat performance against THEM will do very nicely. Really it should be another day at the office for the second biggest club in the world (to Barca). If they can keep Messi (Barca) quiet they can surely subdue Van Purse Strings (as Piers Morgan calls him) – sorry, Van Persie. As for Shrek (Rooney) they should have no trouble with a cart-horse like him. Strategical genius Mourinho will make sure Real keep things tight and hit Them on the break. Amen.
PS Yes Observer1 I am delighted to report that Real won 2-1. Up to press Triond Commenting has kept “failing” so I have not been able to reply to your comment. Your article on the event covers fully the controversy of the sending off of Nani by the Turkish referee. For me it was a fifty fifty decision and most clubs accept that these things happen. It was funny seeing Fergie foam at the mouth to the officials and his players being rude to the ref. Everyone forgot that Modric scored a great equaliser for Real with a thunderous shot that would have beaten FIFTEEN men. Real showed their usual class with the second goal and showed mature humility in victory. A great day for football.