Ronaldo vs United

It is the historic fixture of Alfredo Di Stefano's backheeled passing to Raymond Kopa, of Bill Foulkes silencing the Bernabeu, of Fernando Redondo bemusing Henning Berg, of David Beckham's unstoppable free-kick past a frozen Iker Casillas and a hat-trick from the Brazilian Ronaldo. Tomorrow, it is the turn of the Portuguese Ronaldo to try to add to this fixture's rich tradition. 

"It is the match the world is waiting for,'' said Jose Mourinho with typical understatement.

student against the master....

And if things were to be as presented in the media, it will be a game between the student and the master...Ronaldo finally reunited with Sir Alex Ferguson, but only as enemy in chief to the manager who helped to create his legend.

After an extraordinary performance in the Premier League, United will be entering the Bernabeu with a good result behind you is the best way to arrive. "We're going there with a team that's in good form," said Ferguson. 

Whether Jones is dispatched to control Ronaldo today remains to be seen. The former United man scored an ominous hat-trick at the weekend and will be as keen as anyone else to arrest the Madrid team's disastrous season. 

Whilst United enter the fray with their league campaign as strong as possible, Madrid's is in tatters. They lie 16 points behind Barcelona and with only Europe to play for. The wait is almost over, today the titans will clash. And United are ready....

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