Privileged position

"Danny Welbeck told me last week that it would be a "privilege" to play in the match. I think it's a privilege just to be there."

Adam Marshall,

05/03/2013 15:02, Report by Adam Marshall
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Hottest ticket in town

As soon as the Champions League draw pitted United with Real Madrid, requests for tickets started flooding in thick and fast.

Many match-going Reds will have suffered the same stream of texts and emails asking the speculative question if there were any spares going for the Old Trafford encounter.

Clearly, the mouthwatering second leg is the hottest ticket in town on Tuesday night and those fortunate enough to be at the game should relish every moment of what promises to be a special occasion. Danny Welbeck told me last week that it would be a "privilege" to play in the match. I think it's a privilege just to be there.

These are the nights that you will tell your grandchildren about. As United fans, we are fortunate to have been able to enjoy sustained success at the highest level domestically and in Europe under Sir Alex Ferguson. Yet it probably took last season's early exit from the group stages of the Champions League to provide a reminder of just how spoiled we have become. 

European ties under the floodlights at the Theatre of Dreams have always been special. You can almost taste the history as the atmosphere evokes thoughts of what it would have been like watching Sir Matt Busby's Babes long before many of us were even born.

The tension should be high as will the urge to simply preach the normal United mantra of 'attack, attack, attack'. Yet Real have proved Sir Alex's theory that they are the best counter-attacking team in the world with their recent Copa del Rey triumph at Barcelona's Camp Nou. A patient tactical display is almost certainly going to be the order of the day, as it was in the first leg.

All could make for a nerve-shredding evening similar to the one when Paul Scholes' sublime strike proved enough to beat Barcelona and reach the 2008 final in Moscow. There is little doubt that every Red would happily go through that experience again if it means the Catalans' fiercest rivals are dumped out this time around.

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