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McIlroy: Real Madrid scared of United's strikers

Created on 20 Dec., 2012 7:35 PM GMT

Manchester United hero Sammy McIlroy believes Real Madrid fear the attacking combination of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

The two European giants will face each other in the Champions League round of 16, with Cristiano Ronaldo to take on his former club for the first time.

McIlroy says the Portuguese star will fancy his chances of scoring against the team with which he won the Champions League, but the Spanish side will also be wary of the attacking talent United possess.

"Both sides seem to have the same strengths and weaknesses at the moment," he told

"I was at Old Trafford the last time these sides met when Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in a high-scoring and close tie. I can see it being high scoring again and perhaps just as tight over two legs.

"The Brazilian Ronaldo scored a hat-trick that night in Manchester and Cristiano Ronaldo will fancy his chances of getting on the scoresheet but don't forget Madrid are not a one-man band.

"I would be fearful for United's defence if the tie was next week but they will have (Nemanja) Vidic back to his best by the time the games are played in February.

"At the other end, Madrid will be very wary of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney. If anything, I think they have more of a glass jaw than United.

"I think there will be just one goal between them but it's too close to call who will progress.

"Like all United fans, I can't wait for the tie to come around."

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