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United-Real the 'standout tie', says Alexander

By Football News



Manchester United club secretary John Alexander has labelled their tie against Real Madrid in the Champions League as the 'standout tie'.

Alexander admits there are other teams they would have liked to have faced in the round of 16 but, despite that, the draw has provided a mouth-watering fixture.

"It's the game that everybody wanted to see, but no-one wanted to see – they wanted to save it for later in the competition," Alexander told Sky Sports after the draw.

"But out of several standout ties I think this is the one."

Real Madrid have progressed in three out of four European cup ties against Manchester United as both clubs aim to get a step closer to the Wembley final.

"Given the traditions of the two clubs in the competition, they're both incredibly successful – and of course the past history," Alexander said.

"Of course, if history has anything in our favour, our one victory against Real Madrid in this competition was in the year when we won the final at Wembley, so let's hope that's a lucky omen for this year."

The first leg is to be played at the Santiago Bernabeu on February 13, while the second, which will see the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford, will take place on March 5.