Sir Alex Ferguson wary of the threat Real Madrid poses to Man Utd
All eyes will be on Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portuguese star welcomes his former boss and teammates to Santiago Bernabeu today. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims he has an eye out for Cristiano Ronaldo and is fully aware of the threat Real Madrid forwards pose to his defense.
Real Madrid will enter the Santiago Bernabeu guns blazing, hoping for a huge victory over Manchester United since it’s the only major trophy they can win this season. Sir Alex Ferguson insists he is aware of Real Madrid’s desperation to win the Champions League after the defending champions fell behind in the race for the La Liga title.
Jose Mourinho’s sides recent slip up at Granada means Real Madrid are now 16 points behind archrivals and league toppers Barcelona. With only 15 games remaining in the season, it would be miraculous miracle if Real Madrid somehow manages to defend their La Liga title. Therefore, the Champions League is a much more realistic target for Real Madrid.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Co. travel to Spain to meet Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu today for the first leg of the Round of 16 event. The Old Trafford boss knows Real Madrid will give it their all to win the coveted European trophy.
“I think their target is the European Cup,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “They got a bad start in the league and were chasing their tail a bit because Barcelona's form has been incredible. I think Jose has set his targets firmly on the European Cup, no doubt about that.
“It can be harder for us but there's a bit of pressure for them too. At this moment in time we're involved in three things. Jose has still got the semi-final of the Copa del Rey, they play Barca next week and then again in a league game before we play them on the Tuesday at Old Trafford. So they've got a big program themselves.
“You look at English football and say it's a very, very difficult program and every game is hard but you look at Madrid's program at the moment and it's also very difficult. Every game is hard.”
Manchester United and Real Madrid have met at the Santiago Bernabeu four times prior to this meeting. So far, the best result Manchester United have achieved at Real Madrid’s home is a draw.