Real Madrid vs Manchester United Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: February 13, 2013; Time: 7:45 PM UTC;
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid.
European heavyweights will clash in a titanic fight. Los Blancos are still in search of their historic 10th European Cup against high-flying Sir Alex Ferguson’s team at the Santiago Bernabeu. This is the undeniable top game of this round which involves all the World football fans.
Real Madrid goes third in La Liga with 46 points from 23 games. They are four points behind second placed Atletico and a huge 16 points behind Barcelona. Their present form has seen two wins, two draws and one defeat from last five games. Last five home matches Los Blancos have finished with four wins and one draw against Barcelona in Copa del Rey. In the Champions League group stage they finished second behind Borussia Dortmund beating at home Man City and Ajax, and drawing with BvB. Los Merengues having a very poor domestic season, so they are well out of the title race in Spain. This will give them an opportunity to focus all their efforts on the Champions League. But, Real Madrid have won five of their last six games at the Santiago Bernabeu and have extended their unbeaten home run to 33 matches in all competitions. Also, Real Madrid have won 3 of their 8 previous fixtures with Man Utd in European competition. C. Ronaldo was a hero in Manchester, before his €94m move to Real Madrid in 2009. He made 292 appearances for Red Devils between 2003 and 2009 and scored 118 goals.
Manchester United stands at the top of the EPL with 65 points from 26 matches. Their present form has seen one draw and four straight wins from last five games, so Red Devils enjoy a 12 point lead over second-placed Manchester City. Last five away from home games Man Utd have finished with two wins and three draws. In the Champions League they topped their group with 12 points and comfortably qualified ahead of Galatasaray, having won two of their three away games, beating Cluj and Braga, and loosing to Galatasaray. Manchester United are undefeated in their last 14 games in all competitions. But they have won just four of their last nine away ties. The three-time European champions have a poor statistics against Spanish teams far away from home. They have only two wins in 20 previous visits. Also, Sir Alex Ferguson has come out victorious in just two of his 14 face-to-face fixtures with Jose Mourinho.
Real Madrid central def Pepe has recuperated after an ankle injury and could make his first appearance since December in the Champions League. Xabi Alonso and Raphael Varane are also available. But captain Iker Casillas is still sidelined cause of broken thumb. Sami Khedira, Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil will return to the starting squad after being rested in the 4-1 win over Sevilla this weekend.
Man United defenders Phil Jones and Jonny Evans will be missing after injuries they picked up in the 2-0 win over Everton on Sunday. Darren Fletcher is out due to illness, while Ashley Young and Michael Carrick have recovered from their injuries.
Real Madrid line-up: Lopez, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Khedira, Alonso, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Last three matches:
Real Madrid CF 4 – Sevilla 1;
Granada 1 – Real Madrid CF 0;
Real Madrid CF 1 – FC Barcelona 1.
Manchester United line-up: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Valencia, Rooney, Kagawa, Van Persie.
Last three matches:
Man Utd. 2 – Everton 0;
Fulham 0 – Man Utd. 1;
Man Utd. 2 – Southampton 1.