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United draw Real Madrid in the pick of the last 16 ties

It is going to be some occasion, when CR7 returns to Old Trafford for the second leg of the mouthwatering tie that is Real Madrid V Manchester United

Denis Doyle

Well, I think our worst nightmare came true. The only consolation is that we have the advantage of playing at Old Trafford in the second leg. And what a night that promises to be, win or lose.

For it will mark the return of the hero that is Cristiano Ronaldo.

It will be nearing a decade when the two European giants last met in a competitive tie. And on that night, it was the "other" Ronaldo who tore us apart, scoring a hat trick and earning a well deserved standing ovation from the United faithful.

This time, two managerial heavyweights will once again square up. Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho will wage war one more time. In his Chelsea days, it was often the Portuguese man who came out on top of these battles. And who knows, perhaps we will be seeing Fergie's successor trying to down United for the last time before he himself takes the United hot seat.

I myself cannot wait. We will be underdogs no doubt. And even if we keep Ronaldo quiet, we have to contend with the likes of Di Maria, Ozil, Benzema...... But our record in big matches this season is a fantastic one. Save Tottenham Hotspur at home and Everton away (Where poor Micheal Carrick was abused by that big haired Belgian (Not in the way Ryan Shawcross was)). We have Robin Van Persie. Wayne Rooney. A top notch shot stopper in Davd De Gea. I hope he doesn't get worked too much however. That pesky Perez will be sniffing....

....Lets hope our own big guns can bring it when it matters on the biggest of Eurpean stages.

The draw in full is thus, with the team in bold the one I like to go through

Galatasaray v Schalke

Celtic v Juventus

Arsenal v Bayern Munich

Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund

AC Milan v Barcelona

Real Madrid v Manchester United (ssssshhhhhh)

Valencia v Paris St Germain

Porto v Malaga

Manchester city Vs...............