Date: 20th December 2012 at 10:50am
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Sir Alex sees a lot of himself in Mourinho’s reward for topping their group is a trip to Spain to face ’s .

Mourinho’s side return to Manchester for the second time this season, after drawing with in the group stages.

This represents the hardest possible tie for and would have hoped to avoid the Spanish side this early in the competition. United last met Real in the competition back in 2003 when stole the show with a hat trick at .

United travel to the Bernabeu first giving Sir Alex’s side a big chance if they can get something from that game.

This also means a return to Old Trafford for , who left the club in 2009.