Real Madrid vs Manchester United 02/13/2013 Anthony’s Free UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick and Preview
Manchester United though missing Ronaldo have effectively went about building another Champions League winning side and Ferguson has built around Wayne Rooney. The addition of Kagawa and Van Persie in the summer are the perfect compliment to an already mouth watering attack that includes Antonio Valencia, Chicarito , Danny Wellbeck and Nani. Ferguson knows that his team must shut down their former teammate and he will look to Michael Carrick to do a man marking job on Ronaldo, closing down the space and not letting his get a clear run at United's rearguard. Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will be hoping to marshall the backline with Rio Ferdinand at his side and the latter's pace will be tested over and over by Higuain and Ronaldo.
This game represent a huge test for both teams. Robin Van Persie came to Old Trafford to play in nights like this and I have a feeling the former Arsenal captain will have a huge say in this tie. Real Madrid are unbeaten at home this season but trailed at home to both Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League earlier this season. Madrid must come out and attack as they will look for a lead to take to Old Trafford and Manchester United are one of the best counter attacking teams in the world. I just see this one being an open affair and I'm going to take both teams to score. If I was pushed on a side I think I would probably take Manchester United at 9/2, the price is ridiculously big or 1/1 +1 on the handicap. Either way make sure you catch this game. Its going to be an absolute cracker. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo