Sir Alex Ferguson warns Man Utd of Real Madrid danger

Giggs will face Madrid - Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson does not expect his side to keep a clean sheet against Real Madrid on Tuesday, but hopes they will reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

United host the Spanish champions at Old Trafford in the last 16 second leg.

"Two of the biggest clubs in the world, it will be an incredible atmosphere and game," Ferguson told BBC Sport after his side's

"I think both teams will score - I just hope we score more than them."

Hughton focused on 'big month'

Ferguson confirmed Ryan Giggs will feature against Real and that will ensure he makes a 1,000th senior appearance.

The 39-year-old Welshman, who on Friday, was rested for the visit of Norwich.

"He will be involved, no doubt about that," said Ferguson. "It will be a great moment for him, a great game, a great example for all young players that he can be playing his 1,000th game as a professional."

United's win on Saturday moved them 15 points clear of Manchester City at the Premier League summit, with City travelling to Aston Villa on Monday.

Shinji Kagawa became the first player from Asia to score a Premier League hat-trick, with Wayne Rooney adding a stunning fourth against the Canaries.

"Kagawa will definitely be involved [against Real], yes," Ferguson stated. "He is a good finisher. His injury in October, November set him back a bit, but he's getting his form back slowly and gradually.

"His second and third goals, in particular, were terrific.

"It's always the case with Wayne that goals give his confidence a boost. He's been out for two or three games and it's good for him today.

"I'm delighted. The name of the game is to win matches at this moment and keep the distance to your closest rivals. We've done it well today.

"The squad is playing really well - everyone is contributing. There's a terrific spirit so when you leave players out you know you're making difficult choices because you could pick three or four different teams."

Ferguson acknowledged his side's advantage over City in the title race but urged his team to focus on solely on their own form.

"It's a cushion," the Scot added. "I expect City to win on Monday against Villa. Villa are a young team struggling hard at the bottom of the league.

"The important thing is if we keep winning our games it doesn't matter."

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