Manchester United have been drawn against Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League. The nine-times winners Real take on United for the first time in nine years.
The sides last met in the 2002-03 quarter-final with the Spaniards triumphing 6-5 on aggregate.
Real won the first leg of that tie 3-1 and went through after a virtuoso second-leg performance from the Brazilian Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick and was applauded off the Old Trafford pitch, as United won 4-3.
United club secretary John Alexander said: «Out of several stand-out ties, I think this is the one. If history has anything in our favour our one [aggregate] victory against Real Madrid in this competition was in the season when we won the final at Wembley.»
Emilio Butragueno, Real Madrid director, said it would be a special match for the two managers, United’s Sir Alex Ferguson and Real’s Jose Mourinho, who will meet for the 15th time in the first leg.