Mourinho match-up is a corker for Fergie

Sir Alex Ferguson joked he will have to order some fine wine after Manchester United were drawn against Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16.

Loading Comments

It also means a return to Old Trafford for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The two managers had a tradition of sharing a glass of red after their teams' encounters in the Premier League, although Ferguson described the first wine Mourinho gave him while at Chelsea as being "like paintstripper".

Of the draw, Ferguson said: "It's the tie of the round. It's a great opportunity for our fans to see Cristiano again and also for me to meet up with Jose – I'll need to order some good wine."

United will hope there was a lucky omen in the draw. Their one victory over Real Madrid in the European Cup was the year they first won the final, also at Wembley where next year's final will be held, in 1968.

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said it would be a special match for Ronaldo – and the two managers.

He said: "It will be special for Cristiano. He's a great professional. I'm sure he's going to do his best to help us qualify. But he has affection for his old club."


Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email
Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Sussed in the City

why I wanted to be She-Ra Princess of Power or Morten Harket from A-Ha




Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.

Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

The ridiculous state funeral awarded to the bones of Richard the third.

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.