Ronaldo itching for clash against Manchester United

Real Madrid host United in the first leg of the Round of 16 UEFA Champions League tie at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. The return will be held at Old Trafford on Tuesday, March 5.

updated: February 09, 2013 10:53 IST
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Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo has said he cannot wait to take on some old friends when Real Madrid host Manchester United in the Champions League next week.

The clash between two sides that have won the competition a combined 12 times is by far the stand-out tie of the last 16 and Ronaldo said his wish was granted when the Spanish champions were paired with his old club back in December.

"I actually said beforehand that I believed we would draw Manchester United. I've wanted to face them for some time," he said in an interview published on

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