Manchester United vs Real Madrid 2013 Match Live Streaming Online
In the words of Jose Mourinho, the world will stop to watch tonight's clash between Manchester United and Real Madrid.
2013 UEFA Champions League: Manchester United vs Real Madrid Live Streaming – Link 1
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With only a couple of hours to kickoff, anticipation is high as football fans from across the globe prepared to watch what is probably the biggest domestic game of the season to date.
The match is finely poised. The score currently stands at 1-1 after Danny Welbeck and Cristiano Ronaldo exchanged goals in the Bernabeu last month. That first leg game was a pulsating affair, with Real Madrid dominating much of the play, but Manchester United having the better of the chances.
Due to the away goal rule, a 0-0 draw will take Manchester United through, while equally a 2-2 draw will see Real progress. Although some say Welbeck's away goal gives Manchester United an advantage, the reality is that advantage is so slender it barely registers.
The ramifications of this game are huge and stretch far beyond merely reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League. If United can claim the victory, Sir Alex Ferguson's men will be well placed to complete a historic treble, matching the efforts of the team of '99.
For Real the stakes are higher. A victory means they can salvage something from a difficult season. A defeat and Mourinho's career at the Bernabeu is over. He might not leave immediately, but the writing will be on the wall–if it isn't already.
This tie is reminiscent of the match 13 season ago when two clubs faced each other in the Champions League quarter finals. After a 0-0 draw in the Bernabeu Manchester United entered the fixture as favourites, but they were undone by an incredible performance from Fernando Redondo.
Real won 3-2 in a match that is cited as the game that changed the way Sir Alex Ferguson set up his side in Europe. The cavalier attitude was gone. 4-4-2 was dropped for big games to be replaced by a more nuanced set-up.
The move didn't bear fruit until 2008, when Ferguson lifted the trophy for a second time, but it's influence can still be seen today. Tonight, United are likely to adopt a formation set to stifle old boy Cristiano Ronaldo. Ferguson's age of innocence never would have catered for that.
But romantic United isn't dead and gone. Not altogether. United are likely to allow Ryan Giggs to play his 1000th professional in tonight's big game.