Friday 17 November 2017

10 reasons why Manchester United will beat Real Madrid tonight

Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

MAN UTD and Real Madrid is one of the games of the season. But here we look at why the odds are stacked in United's favour

1. Man U haven't lost a game in 18, and that was a Champions League dead rubber against Cluj

2. In the last eight seasons, Real have been knocked out at this stage of the tournament six times.

3. Phil Jones is injured for this match, but that might not be a bad thing. Before the draw at the Bernabeu Jones had played two Champions League matches this season, and United lost both. And this season they have won 55% of games he's played, against 83% without him.

4. Real Madrid have already lost eight away games this season.

5. Ryan Giggs makes his 1,000th senior appearance tonight, and will be keen to cap the night with a vintage performance. Though a note of caution - he has never scored against Real, in five previous matches.

6. Under Sir Alex Ferguson, United have only lost nine of the 94 Champions League games played at home.

7. Match referee Cuneyt Cakir isn't afraid to displease Jose Mourinho, attracting the Special One's ire for a disallowed goal against Borussia Dortmund earlier this season.

8. Xabi Alonso has only beaten United once in eight games for Liverpool and Real, losing five with two draws. He has never scored against them.

9. Wayne Rooney is in fine form, having netted 12 in his last 15. And at the weekend he turned in a superb performance, scoring a screamer and getting two assists.

10. The home team has come out on top in 10 of the last 12 Champions League second round ties which were drawn 1-1 in the first leg.

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