Real Madrid v Man United: ‘It’s the match the world is waiting for’
Real Madrid v Man United: Jose Mourinho believes Wednesday's showdown is a match "the world has been waiting for"
Jose Mourinho believes Real Madrid’s Champions League showdown with Manchester United is a match “the world has been waiting for”.
The Red Devils head to the Bernabeu on Wednesday night for the first leg of the last-16 tie fresh from opening up a 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Mourinho, whose side are 16 points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona heading into the European clash, says Los Blancos feel “privileged” to be taking on Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.
And the Portuguese coach is hoping that the two sides can deliver a spectacle worthy of the game’s blockbuster billing.
“We have to feel very privileged to play this match,” Mourinho told MUTV.
“People think we’re under pressure because one of the big teams will soon be out of the biggest competition.
“But Real Madrid and Manchester United staff, as well as the players, feel privileged. It’s the kind of match you want to play and we have to prepare as best we can.
“It’s such a big match. Everybody wants to play. Nobody will be tired. It’s a match the world is waiting for. They are not waiting for other matches in the Champions League.
“So I hope we can give the world of football what they’re waiting for.”
Real Madrid v Man United: Pre-match facts
• Madrid came out on top in three of the clubs’ four previous encounters – in the semi-finals in 1956-57 and quarter-finals in 1999-2000 and 2002-03 – with United prevailing in the 1967-68 semi-finals.
• The Spanish champions’ home record against England clubs is W6 D4 L2. The last English visitors to beat them were Liverpool, 1-0 victors at this stage in 2008-09.
• United’s record away to Liga clubs is W2 D8 L10. Their last success came at Valencia in the 2010-11 Champions League group stage, Javier Hernández scoring the only goal.
• Sir Alex Ferguson oversaw Aberdeen’s 2-1 defeat of Madrid in the 1983 European Cup Winners’ Cup final – his first continental trophy.