Resurgent Real Madrid travel to Manchester United in hope

Mourinho could even afford the luxury of resting several of his most important players in Saturday's 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Cristiano Ronaldo coming off the bench to turn the game in the hosts' favour. United's squad has also been largely spared by injury, although there are doubts over the fitness of Phil Jones.

updated: March 04, 2013 09:48 IST
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Manchester: Real Madrid's back-to-back victories over Barcelona have given them fresh momentum ahead of the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie at Manchester United on Tuesday.

Prior to the 1-1 draw between the teams three weeks ago, the season had appeared to be ebbing away from the Spanish champions, with Barca having assembled a seemingly unassailable 16-point lead in La Liga.

Madrid's chances of catching their sworn enemies remain slim, but the two victories over Barca in the Copa del Rey and the league have injected belief that Jose Mourinho's side can go to Old Trafford and win.

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