Ronaldo Returns to Manchester

Ronaldo makes a return to Old Trafford to take on his former club.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford once again, after Real Madrid drew Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Ronaldo's rise to fame began with the Manchester side, where he played for 6 years before joining Madrid for £80million in 2009. The match-up between the Spanish giants and Man U will be the first time the Portuguese forward has faced off against his former club, and the first time the clubs have met since 2003, when Madrid bested the red devils 6-5 on aggregate. The match will also see Sir Alex Ferguson lock horns with old rival Jose Mourinho, as the former Chelsea manager hopes to propel Madrid to the quarter-finals.

Arsenal, the only other Premier League club left in the competition, are also set for an uphill struggle after drawing last year's finalists Bayern Munich as their next opponents. Favourites Barcelona are also set for a tough road to the quarter-finals, as they are set to face AC Milan. Celtic, making their first appearance in the final 16 for five years, are up against Juventus.

Speaking of their difficult round with Real Madrid, Manchester United club secretary John Alexander said: "Everyone wanted to keep this for later in the competition but, out of several stand-out ties, I think this is the one. 

"If history has anything in our favour our one victory against Real Madrid in this competition was in the season when we won the final at Wembley.

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