04/03/2013 10:03, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Talking points: United v Real

ManUtd.com's journalists tackle the big questions ahead of Tuesday's decider…

Were you pleased with 1-1 in the first leg and do you feel confident?

Gemma Thompson: You couldn’t fail to be happy with what you saw from the Reds at the Bernabeu. Yes, Madrid had strong periods of possession with Ronaldo, of course, catching the eye, but that was to be expected on home turf. For United, it was a night of positives, the most obvious being De Gea’s ‘coming of age’ display as some dubbed it. Jones, Ferdinand, Evans and Carrick all excelled, while Welbeck impressed with his graft and of course his goal. Only time will tell just how crucial his goal was, but a display of a similar ilk on Tuesday would go a long way to helping the Reds book a spot in the last eight.

Ronaldo - to cheer or not, and should we make special plans to stop him?

Nick Coppack: Don’t get me wrong, Cristiano Ronaldo was the most exciting footballer to pull on a United shirt since George Best. But Tuesday’s game can’t be about him or any sort of ‘homecoming’. There’s a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals at stake, something far more important than showering Cristiano with praise and singing his name. I think Old Trafford will acknowledge him, sure - maybe even applaud him before kick-off - but United fans should, and undoubtedly will, focus their support wholly on the 11 men in red.

Last time Real came to OT, in 2003, it was a bittersweet night as United won 4-3 but went out on aggregate. Were you proud or peeved?

Adam Marshall: There was little doubt that the 4-3 win in 2003 was a thoroughly entertaining game of football but the tie always seemed out of United’s reach. Going 4-1 down on aggregate after only 10 minutes deflated the mood and Ronaldo’s hat-trick strike left the Reds needing a miracle in terms

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