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12/02/2013 08:30 , Gemma Thompson in Madrid
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Today in Madrid

here to wave the team off.

18:20 We're leaving for the Bernabeu shortly... we've been waiting for this game for nearly two months, and now it's just over two hours away. Bring it on.

17:28 A few stats for you ahead of kick-off. Did you know... United have scored five goals in four previous visits to the Bernabeu, but are yet to win at the stadium. Madrid's record in the Champions League so far this season reads: played six, won three, drawn two, lost one. They have scored 15 goals and conceded nine. Their three group matches at home this term ended in two wins and a draw with nine goals for and five against. Meanwhile, Madrid have won just two of their last five games in all competitions, although they romped to a 4-1 victory in the La Liga clash at home to Sevilla on Saturday, thanks to Ronaldo's hat-trick and another strike from Benzema.

16:08 You'll notice I haven't got Nemanja Vidic in my line-up. I thought Vida was outstanding against Everton on Sunday and I'm one of his biggest fans, but he hasn't played a great deal of matches this season. Jonny Evans has been one of our best players of the campaign and I just think he may get the nod tonight. The great thing for the manager is he has all his centre-backs available - Ferdinand, Evans, Vidic, Smalling and Jones - for what is the biggest game of the season and they're capable of doing a top job for the team.

16:02 So what starting XI do you think Sir Alex will go with tonight? With virtually the whole squad fit, it's fantastic he has so many options. For what it's worth this is the team I'm going for: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Jones, Carrick, Cleverley; Welbeck, Rooney, van Persie. So a

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