Real Madrid travel to Man United on a high – and with fresh legs

Real Madrid travel to Manchester United after a weekend in which coach Jose Mourinho's plans came off to the letter

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Jose Mourinho's side take on United on Tuesday at Old Trafford Photo: Steindy, via Wikimedia

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Real Madrid travel to Old Trafford for their Champions League clash against Manchester United after a weekend in which coach Jose Mourinho’s plans came off to the letter.

Los Blancos sealed a 2-1 win over arch rivals Barcelona with goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos, and did so without a raft of key first-team figures.

With United in mind, Mourinho left Álvaro Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil, Ángel Di María, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuaín out of his starting line-up for the Clásico. Only three (Arbeloa, Khedira and Cristiano) were called into action during the match.

Real now face the crunch clash against United with fresh legs and on a high after the morale-boosting victory over their Catalan rivals.

Madrid require a win or a score draw higher than 1-1 to progress to the quarter-finals, meaning that Mourinho’s men must score at least once in Manchester.

Meanwhile, Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson rested only Rio Ferdinand, Rafael and Danny Welbeck during United’s 4-0 Premier League win over Norwich on Saturday.

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