Man Utd Focus – Reds take control of Premier League as Real Madrid beckon

Manchester United opened up a commanding lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table thanks to victory over Everton on Sunday. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side now hold a 12 point advantage over their city rivals, and look forward to the mouth-watering clash with Real Madrid in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

United have so far been relentless in their quest to regain the Premier League title, recording their highest ever points tally for this stage of a campaign. City’s defeat against Southampton on Saturday evening gave the Reds an opportunity to stretch the gap with a win over David Moyes’ side at Old Trafford. There was no repeat of last season’s debacle as a two goal lead proved decisive, with Ryan Giggs’ opener continuing his record of scoring in every single Premier League campaign since its inception in 1992.

Attention now turns to Wednesday’s glamorous showdown with Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid. The defending Spanish champions have struggled domestically so far this season, but boast a plethora of talent in their ranks, none more threatening than former United favourite Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese warmed up for his first appearance against Ferguson’s team since departing in 2009 by bagging a hat-trick against Sevilla at the weekend, and poses the biggest headache for his old boss in the run-up to the clash at the Bernab

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