Date: 9th January 2013 at 5:01pm
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The moment that the Champions League draw, for the first knock-out stages, paired us with Real Madrid, you always knew that the tie would be the subject of some major press coverage.

Now whilst there`s the small matter of some crucial domestic games to get out of the way first, domestic games that could go a long way to determining how the season is likely to pan out, the small matter of a double-header against Real Madrid (and Jose Mourinho) is already catching the media`s attention.

This weekend we face Liverpool in a crucial fixture and it appears that Mourinho will use the opportunity, to jet across Europe, to take a glimpse at the Manchester United of 2012/2013.

In fact, the ‘Special One` has intimated that this will not be the only trip he`ll be making as he prepares his Real side to face united, in the tie of the round, remarking to the media,

“I have already told Sir Alex Ferguson I am coming.”

“Manchester United against Liverpool – it is a great game.”

“And I always want to see my opponents play live, I like to go there and see for myself.”

“Hopefully before we play United, I will have time to see them three or four times.”

“And I`m sure Sir Alex will do the same. He will come to watch us too.”


It`ll be interesting to find out whether Jose and Sir Alex will meet up socially after the game, to share a bottle of wine, or whether that special bond they appear to have will be put on hold until after the two Champions League games.