Champions League: Manchester United draw Real Madrid
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Manchester United have been drawn against Spanish champions Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.
The match will see Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford for the first time since his £80m move from United to Real in June 2009.
Celtic will play Italian side Juventus, while Arsenal take on last year's beaten finalists Bayern Munich.
Four-times winners Barcelona take on seven-times champions AC Milan, while Valencia face Paris St Germain.
Borussia Dortmund have been drawn against Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto take on Malaga, while Galatasaray will play Schalke.
But the undoubted tie of the round sees nine-times winners Real take on United for the first time in nine years.
The sides last met in the 2002-03 quarter-final with the Spaniards triumphing 6-5 on aggregate.
Real won the first leg of that tie 3-1 and went through after a virtuoso second-leg performance from the Brazilian Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick and was applauded off the Old Trafford pitch, as United won 4-3.
United club secretary John Alexander said: "Out of several stand-out ties, I think this is the one. If history has anything in our favour our one [aggregate] victory against Real Madrid in this competition was in the season when we won the final at Wembley [in 1968]."
Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said it would be a special match for the two managers, United's Sir Alex Ferguson and Real's Jose Mourinho, who will meet for the 15th time in the first leg.
"I know the coaches have a great relationship," he stated. "Sir Alex Ferguson knows how to get the best out of his players and they have top players, but we are Real Madrid and we will try our best."
In 14 previous matches as manager of Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, Mourinho lost just two games against United, with six being drawn.
Mourinho first took on Ferguson in the Champions League round of 16 in the 2003-04 competition, leading his Porto side to a 2-1 home win before snatching a draw in injury-time at Old Trafford to spark a manic touchline dash.
The duo met 10 times when Mourinho was manager at Chelsea and their latest games came in the 2008-09 Champions League when United knocked Inter Milan out of the competition with a 2-0 aggregate win.
As group winners, United will again play the second leg of the tie at home.
Celtic and Arsenal, as group runners-up, will play their first legs at home.
Hoops manager Neil Lennon is looking forward to a "beauty" of a tie against Italian champions Juventus.
"In terms of glamour it's a beauty," he said.
Meanwhile, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is optimistic his side will see off Arsenal.
"We enter this match as the slight favourites but we can make the mistake of underestimating them," said the German.
The first legs will be played on either February 12/13 or 19/20, with the return matches on March 5/6 or 12/13.
Champions League round of 16 draw:
Galatasaray v FC Schalke
Celtic v Juventus
Arsenal v Bayern Munich
Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund
AC Milan v Barcelona
Real Madrid v Manchester United
Valencia v Paris St Germain
FC Porto v Malaga
Can someone tell me how they decide which CL 3rd place teams are seeded and which are not in the Eurpoa?
@ King Red - City after the 1st leg?? No mate, the ties are in Feb, we dont play City until April
Love how all the Non-United fans were straight on here itching to have a pop. Hated, Adored never ignored.....
The fact you all expect us to lose, like you did against City n Chelsea this season, will do us a favour.....
Top rate reporting BBC, this is what our licence fee pays for!
AFC, CFC and MUFC hve regularly made the knock-out stages (with the odd exception of course) of the CL in the last 10 years, if we lose our 4th CL spot its because the other 89 other professional teams in england need to start pulling their collective fingers out and improve
Operation Kidnap Ronaldo!
Their midfield is better, as is their defence. And they have Ronaldo.
However, this is somewhat balanced by the small advantage United have of playing the second leg at home. Tough one to call, this!
Maybe this is what they need to move them up a gear. Either way United will have a real tough tie. As an Arsenal fan I will be cheering them on but I fear there will be no english teams in the QF
@ King Red - When all is said and done, all of these City/Chelsea and every other club's fans taking a swipe, would love to be in our position. I suspect the managers and boards of those tams would be too. We may get beat, we may win, we'll find out in Feb. Point is we're in it, they arent.
The odds are long but they are no way near that big. If I could be bothered to work it out then would.
What is stupid about the draw is that a team is pulled out with 4 teams to be drawn against left and he has to play 1 team because if he had to play the 2nd team that he could (not in group/country) but can't because then a diff team would be forced to break the above.