Ronaldo Returns to Man United -ESPN

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UCL Draw: Ronaldo back to Old Trafford

Mark Donaldson brings us some mouth watering match-ups as the UCL Draw kicks off.

Manchester United will face Real Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League, Arsenal will travel to Bayern, Celtic have been handed a tie against Italian champions Juventus.

The tie of the round sees Cristiano Ronaldo return to his old club for the first since leaving for £80 million in 2009 – it will also pit Jose Mourinho against Sir Alex Ferguson, with many considering the Portuguese to be the natural successor to Ferguson Old Trafford.

Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for United, but it was another Ronaldo – the Brazilian striker – who took the honours when the clubs last faced each other in 2003, scoring a hat-trick Old Trafford as Real went through 6-5 on aggregate.

The clubs, who both have a rich in the competition, first met in the European Cup in April 1957, when Real triumphed 5-3 in the semi-final.

United defender Rio Ferdinand immediately made it clear he was excited the draw, tweeting: “Oh yes, Madrid!! What a couple a games that’ll be!! @Cristiano see soon bro!!”

United’s club secretary John Alexander hoped there was a lucky omen in the draw. He told Sky Sports News: “Out of several standout , I think this is the one. It’s the tie that wanted to see – but that nobody wanted to see, they wanted to save it for later in the competition.

“When think about the traditions of these two clubs they have both been incredibly successful, but of the past is . One thing in our favour is that our one victory Real Madrid in this competition was in the year we won the final at Wembley [in 1968] so let’s hope that is a lucky omen.”

Arsenal, meanwhile, will face last year’s runners-up Bayern Munich for a place in the quarter-finals of the competition – Celtic will face Italian champions Juventus, who helped knocked holders Chelsea out of the competition at the group stage.

Elsewhere in the draw, a glamour tie sees two European heavyweights, AC Milan and Barcelona, go head-to-head for the right to reach the quarter-finals.

In a remarkable coincidence, all eight draws exactly matched those made during Wednesday’s rehearsal – with Malaga facing Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk up against Borussia Dortmund.

The two remaining matches see Galatasaray facing Schalke, while Paris St Germain have been drawn against Spanish side Valencia.

February 12 and 6






Paris Saint-Germain

February 13 and 5

Shakhtar Donetsk


Borussia Dortmund

Real Madrid


Manchester United

February 19 and 13






Bayern Munich

February 20 and March 12



Schalke 04

AC Milan




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