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20/12/2012 10:41, Report by Adam Marshall

Real test for United

Manchester United will face Real Madrid in a mouthwatering tie in the Champions League round of 16, a clash Sir Alex Ferguson has labelled "the tie of the round".

Former Real midfielder Steve McManaman pulled out the Reds in the draw to face Jose Mourinho's current Spanish champions. Of course, the second leg at Old Trafford will see Cristiano Ronaldo return to play again at the Theatre of Dreams for the first time since leaving for the Bernabeu, and Sir Alex can't wait for the tie.

"Well, it's the tie of the round," the manager told ManUtd.com. "It's a great opportunity for our fans to see Cristiano again and also for me to meet up with Jose again - I'll need to order some good wine!"

Group H winners United have met the Madrid giants eight times and only won twice, which shows the size of the task in hand, particularly as the most recent of those victories – in 2003 – was still in defeat over the two legs.

Last 16 draw: Galatasaray v Schalke, Celtic v Juventus, Arsenal v Bayern Munich, Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan v Barcelona, Valencia v PSG, Porto v Malaga.

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