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Man Utd Vs. Real Madrid - A Brief History
Thias (Chelsea) 3 years ago
That history yo
Thietkelogo (Manchester United) 3 years ago
I am always inspired of United vs. Real Madrid with every match
EthanWinter (Barcelona) 3 years ago
Ronaldo has always come out with flying colors in difficult situation. I am damn sure he will prove himself.

Hikmat (Real Madrid) 3 years ago
This will be a hell of a gaem alright! Ozil will be key for Real, and knowing SAF he'll have as many men on Ozil as on Ronaldo. All eyes will be on Ronaldo as he is returning to Old Trafford and the atomesphere there will be immense on his return, lets just hope he doesn't get too emotional. I ofcourse am rooting for Real, so Hala Madrid!
Otownballer (Arsenal) 3 years ago
United vs. Real Madrid is one of the all-time great ties, along with Milan vs. Barcelona. Looking forward to newly minted history
SRACon17 (Real Madrid) 3 years ago
Hope ronaldo scores a hatrick, again
CarlCon (DC United) 3 years ago
11 April 1957 - Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester United

In front of a massive Bernabeu crowd of 135,000 people, Sir Matt Busby and his Busby Babes faced off with the Spanish giants in what was only the second year of the European Cup’s existence. It was a semi-final two-leg cup tie. This was a United side that boasted the youthful talent of Duncan Edwards, who would sadly lose his life in the Munich air disaster the following year, making him one of the biggest “what if?” players of any generation. Eddie Coleman, Billy Whelan, Tommy Taylor, David Pegg, and Roger Byrne were also part of the starting line-up against Madrid and sadly passed as a result of the tragedy.

The legendary Alfredo di Stefano was the main headline in the Madrid team, alongside the likes of Raymond Kopa and Francisco Gento. It was di Stefano who stole the show that night, with a sublime performance accompanied by scoring Real’s second goal in a 3-1 victory. Tommy Taylor gave United hope by scoring when they were 2-0 down, but Enrique Mateos scored Madrid’s third, making the task that much harder in the second leg.

25 April 1957 - Real Madrid 2-2 Manchester United

The return game in Old Trafford saw Bobby Charlton make a return to fitness, where he scored one of United’s two goals. Tommy Taylor also scored again. However, United were already two goals down when they struck back. An opening goal by di Stefano all but ended their chances of a comeback.

Madrid would go on to win the title for the second consecutive season.

24 April 1968 - Manchester United 1-0 Real Madrid

Eleven years later produced yet another semi-final clash between the two. Matt Busby was still at the United helm, as was Bobby Charlton still part of the starting eleven. This time, Charlton was accompanied by George Best, Denis Law, Brian Kidd, and Nobby Stiles.

While the United squad spent the previous 10 years rebuilding itself after Munich, Madrid had won the European title in ‘66, which came after them winning the title five years in a row from 1956 to 1960.

George Best sealed the win with a first half goal from a John Aston cross.

15 May 1968 - Real Madrid 3-3 Manchester United

It was the second leg at the Bernabeu where history was made. In a phenomenal 3-3 draw that saw Madrid pound away at United’s defence until the 32nd minute when they scored via a goal from midfielder Pirri.
Madrid then went 2-0 up shortly after with a goal from Gento in the 41st minute, but that was amazingly followed by 4 minutes of madness, with a Zoco own-goal in the 44th minute to give United the lead on away goals, and then yet another Madrid goal in the 45th to give them the lead again.

In the final twenty minutes it looked like United were going out at the hands of Madrid once again, until a 5-minute salvo from Sadler and Munich-survivor Faulkes put United 4-3 ahead and through to the final for the first time, where they would go on to become the first English club in history to win the European Cup with a win against Benfica.

19 April 2000 - Manchester United 2-3 Real Madrid

We have to jump 32 years into the future before we find their next meeting, this time in the quarter-final of the European Cup, now known as the Champions League.

United were the current European champions, having had over a decade of Alex Ferguson bringing the club back to its former glory, solidifying his team as the number one in England. Madrid hadn’t won a domestic title in three years, but had previously won the Champions League in 1998.

Having achieved an admirable and very useful 0-0 draw in Madrid in the first leg, United went into this game with confidence, knowing all they needed was a home win to qualify for the final. Lacking the away goal, however, proved itself to be costly.

Real took a stunning 3-0 lead after piling pressure on a lacklustre United. Roy Keane slid in ahead of his own keeper to knock in an own-goal to start the scoring, which was followed up by a goal from Raul after some nice play from the ex-Liverpool midfielder and current ESPN pundit Steve McManaman. The rout was completed when Raul scored his second after some amazing skill from Redondo.

United fought back, however, with goals from David Beckham and Paul Scholes, but it all seemed in vain, knowing that they would need a third and fourth goal to qualify, United never looked like beating Madrid.

Madrid went on to win their eighth European title that season.

23 April 2003 - Manchester United 4-3 Real Madrid

This is a game that will be remembered for a long long time by United fans, but not for the 4-3 victory, or the heartbreak they felt in going out on aggregate against Madrid once again. This game will always be remembered because they witnessed what was arguably the greatest performance from an individual player from an opposing team in Old Trafford.

Having lost the opening game 3-1 in the Bernabeu, United knew they required an unlikely victory, and even before the game kicked off we had controversy surrounding Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to drop David Beckham to the bench for such an important game.

In a star-studded “Galácticos” squad that contained Roberto Carlos, Zinedine Zidane, Raul, and Luis Figo, it was Brazil’s legendary Ronaldo that stole the show and blew United away.

It was he who opened the scoring on the night, with Ruud van Nistelrooy leveling the game for United. In a fast-paced end-to-end classic, it Madrid proved to be the more clinical, as Ronaldo scored twice more to complete his hat-trick and earn an immense standing ovation from the United fans, who couldn’t help but be impressed by his historic performance.

United being the “never say die” team that they are fought back to save their blushes a little with the introduction of Beckham, who scored two late goals, after Helguera scored an own-goal.

Madrid won 6-5 on aggregate, but for the first time in their 4 meetings, the team who won the game did not go on to win the title.

February 13 & March 5 2013

If history could tell us anything about what to expect from these upcoming meetings, it would almost certainly tell us “expect goals”. With United currently scoring freely in the Premier League while being shaky at the back, and Real struggling in Spain (by their very high standards), despite having Ronaldo, Ozil, and Benzema in their ranks, it certainly seems like a fair expectation.

All eyes, of course, will be on Cristiano Ronaldo, particularly on his return to Old Trafford, where he said he is not going to war, but “going home”.

With three aggregate wins for Real Madrid and just the one for Manchester United, it’s clear which side would prefer history to repeat itself. But if there are any old ghosts waiting in Old Trafford for the second leg and deciding fixture, there’ll certainly be a shiver or two down the spines of fans who think to themselves... “Ronaldo’s coming back.”

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