Champions League: Manchester United v Real Madrid - Live coverage - The Independent

Champions League: Manchester United v Real Madrid

Follow the latest news from Old Trafford with minute-by-minute updates on this last-16 Champions League tie

  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Manchester United v Real Madrid at Old Trafford. This Champions League knockout game involves two of Europe’s biggest clubs and has everything to make it an entertaining contest for both sets of fans, and the neutral.

    United will welcome back a man who built his career on the red side of Manchester in Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since his move to the Bernabeu in 2009.

    The joint top goal scorer in the Champions League so far sent out a warning to Sir Alex Ferguson’s men with a well-placed header in the first leg, and despite expressing his love for his former club, Ronaldo will look to score again in the highly anticipated tie to see his side progress.

    It’s also a return for the ever tactical Jose Mourinho, who promises that his side will “attack and be bold” from the start with a side who managed to convincingly beat rivals Barcelona twice in the space of 4 days.

    Ryan Giggs is set to make his 1000th competitive appearance tonight in front of an energetic Old Trafford crowd with Wayne Rooney being dropped to the bench.

    Injured Phil Jones misses this crucial game for United and was one of the impressive performers in Spain sticking to Ronaldo at every opportunity.

    The tie balanced at 1-1 means Real Madrid have to get some form of positive result to advance to the next stage, and with the score being 4-3 the last time Madrid visited Old Trafford in 2003, fans can’t be wrong for expecting something along the same lines for excitement.
    3/5/2013 7:24:39 PM
  • Here are the team line ups in full
    Man United: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Carrick, Cleverley, Welbeck; Giggs, van Persie.
    Subs: Rooney, Hernandez, Valencia, Kagawa, Evans, Young, Lindegaard.
    3/5/2013 7:27:21 PM
  • Real Madrid: Lopez; Arbeloa, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Coentrao, Khedira, Alonso, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Higuain.
    Subs: Adan, Albiol, Benzema, Kaka, Pepe, Callejon, Modric
    3/5/2013 7:28:34 PM
  • For those who think they've read that wrong, you haven't. Wayne Rooney really is on the bench, with Welbeck and Van Persie up front.
    3/5/2013 7:38:07 PM
  • A huge cheer as both teams walk onto the field
    3/5/2013 7:42:04 PM
  • 1 min: The match is underway with the aggregate score at 1-1
    3/5/2013 7:46:46 PM
  • 2 min United look to control the game in the openning few minutes
    3/5/2013 7:48:03 PM
  • 3 min Giggs slides in on Coentrao and gets Madrid the first free kick of the game
    3/5/2013 7:49:09 PM
  • 4 min Ronaldo hits the wall and the ball rolls out of play for a Madrid throw
    3/5/2013 7:49:59 PM
  • 6 min Both teams look eager to get hold of the ball and attack to get an early goal to settle their nerves
    3/5/2013 7:51:55 PM
  • 6 min Welbeck gives away a sloppy foul in the United half
    3/5/2013 7:52:34 PM
  • 7 min Real Madrid get the first corner of the game and its cleared at the front post and launched back in to no avail
    3/5/2013 7:53:39 PM
  • 9 min United giving away the ball in the last third so far
    3/5/2013 7:55:08 PM
  • 10 min Tom Cleverley goes down and looks in pain after a collision with Ronaldo but brushes himself off
    3/5/2013 7:56:10 PM
  • 11 min Higuain has the first shot of the game for Madrid and should have hit the target just outside the box. Hitting his shot wide of the post
    3/5/2013 7:57:11 PM
  • 13 min United earn their first corner of the game off a cross from Nani
    3/5/2013 7:58:38 PM
  • 13 min: Van Persie takes but comes to nothing
    3/5/2013 7:59:06 PM
  • 14 min Welbeck beats the Madrid back line and crosses for Van Persie who's shot is deflected. Old Trafford is really making noise now
    3/5/2013 8:00:32 PM
  • 16 min Both sides look capable of grabbing a goal tonight in an open game so far
    3/5/2013 8:02:21 PM
  • 17 min Nani showing that picking him may have been the right decision tonight making a great run into the Madrid box
    3/5/2013 8:03:22 PM
  • 18 min Evra makes a tactical tackle and earns the first booking of the game
    3/5/2013 8:03:56 PM
  • 19 min Giggs showing he still has quick feet as he earns a corner for United
    3/5/2013 8:05:32 PM
  • 20 min Vidic hits the post from the resulting corner and Welbeck hits it straight at the goal keeper
    3/5/2013 8:06:09 PM
  • 21 min Was it over the line? Not from where we're sitting but no doubt you'll get the usual goal line technology debate in the morning
    3/5/2013 8:07:41 PM
  • 23min Madrid asking questions of the United defense but so far no luck
    3/5/2013 8:09:14 PM
  • 25 min Welbeck and Van Persie linking up well so far.
    3/5/2013 8:10:43 PM
  • 26 min RVP will make it in every Sunday league with that over head swipe
    3/5/2013 8:11:27 PM
  • 27 min Ronaldo beats the offside trap for the first time and gets his shot blocked. Is that a warning
    3/5/2013 8:13:42 PM
  • 29 min De Gae hasn't been tested yet but spaces seem to be opening up out wide for the Spanish side
    3/5/2013 8:15:00 PM
  • 30 min At times this game is really end to end stuff with some of the most exciting attacking players on show
    3/5/2013 8:15:59 PM
  • 31 min Madird keep coming with another chance for Higuain blocked and the corner results in nothing
    3/5/2013 8:16:52 PM
  • 31 min Higuain is starting to find some more space and pressures United for another corner
    3/5/2013 8:17:31 PM
  • 32 min Higuain thought he had the opener there but it's been disallowed for a foul on RVP
    3/5/2013 8:18:22 PM
  • 33 min RVP stings the hands of Lopez and then Welbeck hits the keeper with the spill for a corner
    3/5/2013 8:19:20 PM
  • 34 min It takes a lot to knock Vidic down but keeper Lopez has managed to do it from the corner. He gets back to his feet
    3/5/2013 8:20:39 PM
  • 36 min Rafael goes down in the Madrid box but the ref says play on. Did he go down to easy?
    3/5/2013 8:22:31 PM
  • 37 min Arbeloa gets the second yellow card of the game after a tackle on Evra
    3/5/2013 8:23:26 PM
  • 38 min An unusual miss placed pass from Alonso
    3/5/2013 8:24:42 PM
  • 40 min Giggs is showing how much he wants this win, being one of the stand out performers in this half for the home side
    3/5/2013 8:26:25 PM
  • 42 min Di Maria looks like he's seen the last of this game walking back down the tunnel with Kaka getting ready to come on just before half time
    3/5/2013 8:28:25 PM
  • 44 min Remember Madrid have to score at Old Trafford to even have a chance of going through. What impact will Kaka have with Alonso being marked out of the game?
    3/5/2013 8:29:49 PM
  • 44 min Mourinho walking down the touchline to the dressing room as Ronaldo skies his shot into the crowd
    3/5/2013 8:31:08 PM
  • 45 min Half time at Old Trafford. Vidic has been the closest to breaking the dead lock with his header hitting the post
    3/5/2013 8:32:14 PM
  • From @SamWallaceIndy on Twitter:
    Chant of 'Sit down, Mourinho' from the MUFC fans ... so he acknowledges them & sits down. He really does want the United job
    3/5/2013 8:35:21 PM
  • HT Roy Keane thinks Welbeck has been a key player so far in the first half, will he keep up his intensity in the second?
    3/5/2013 8:40:41 PM
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