Manchester United will be looking to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League when they welcome Atletico Madrid to Old Trafford for the second leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday night.
The contest is delicately poised at 1-1 following the first leg at Wanda Metropolitano, with Anthony Elanga coming off the bench to register for Man United after Joao Felix had sent Atletico ahead.
United edged top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 on Saturday evening, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick proving the difference between the two sides. Atletico beat Cadiz 2-1 on Friday night, to extend their winning run in La Liga to four games.
Ronaldo’s treble was his 59th of his club career, and the Portuguese striker surpassed Josef Bican to become the FIFA all-time record goalscorer with a tally of 807.
Atletico Madrid’s own Portuguese striker, Joao Felix, is also in sparkling form this season and netted his fifth goal in as many matches against Cadiz.
Felix scored Atletico Madrid’s goal in the first leg, and is in line to start the second game at Old Trafford.
The first leg in Madrid finished 1-1, with Felix scoring an early header before substitute Anthony Elanga slotted home to equalise.
Before that match, Manchester United had only faced Atletico twice before.
On 23 October 1991, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side faced the Spanish side in the second round of the 1991-1992 European Cup Winners Cup, and were beaten 3-0 at Los Colchoneros’ old Vincente Calderon ground in the first leg.
And while the Reds earned a 1-1 draw in the second leg at Old Trafford a fortnight later, courtesy of a Mark Hughes goal, we were eliminated from the competition.
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