Manchester United must not become too obsessed with the returning Cristiano Ronaldo if they are to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The Reds were paired with Real Madrid in Thursday’s draw, which will provide the first trip back to Old Trafford for the Portuguese and a mouth-watering clash between two of the world’s biggest football clubs.
Yet Sir Alex Ferguson and his side should concentrate on the pure footballing challenge presented by the current Spanish champions to keep alive the dream of a Wembley final in May. Real have not hit the form that they displayed last season, when they managed to overhaul Barcelona in La Liga in what can only be described as a titanic achievement. This campaign Jose Mourinho’s team have struggled and they now sit 13 points behind their Catalan rivals.
President Florentino Perez has described Real’s predicament as a “brutal