Cristiano Ronaldo stated that Real Madrid is superior to Manchester United. He made his statements in an interview with the UEFA Champions League with a h/t to ESPN.
Manchester United will face Real Madrid in the first leg of the Round of 16 UEFA Champions League at Old Trafford. The statements by Ronaldo may be that of a confidence booster or of an unchecked ego.
Ronaldo is wrong about Manchester United and Real Madrid. The reasons speak for themselves.
Manchester United is currently in first place in the 2012/13 English Premier League with 62 points. The Red Devils have 20 wins, two draws, and three losses in their matches.
They have 60 goals for, and 31 goals against with a goal differential of 29. Manchester United is 11 points ahead of is closest rival Manchester City.
The club won first place in its Group H UEFA Champions League standing with 12 points. Manchester United is currently number three in the UEFA Ranking scale.
Manchester United is one of the most organized teams in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League. The team has Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in its ranks.
Manchester United is great in defense and midfield although there is room for improvement. The club is also united and disciplined with any possible disagreements maintained in the locker room.
Sir Alex Ferguson has maintained this unity for almost three decades at the helm.
Real Madrid is in third place in the 2012/13 La Liga BBVA Tables with 43 points. Los Merengues have 19 wins, two draws, and one loss in their matches.
Los Galacticos have 54 goals for, and 21 goals against with a goal differential of 33. They are behind FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid managed to obtain second place in the Group D UEFA Champions League standings. They are currently number four in the UEFA Ranking Scale.
Real Madrid suffers from internal divisions that are threatening their chances in La Liga. The same internal divisions may affect the chances of the club in the UEFA Champions League.
Jose Mourinho was a great manager in his time but may leave this summer. According to Marca, Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos gave Real Madrid President Florentino Perez an ultimatum concerning Mourinho.
In spite of the denials by Perez, Sara Carbonero [TV Reporter and Casilla’s Girl Friend] told La Jugada [A Televisa Sports program] that Mourinho and the team do not talk.
Marca reported last Christmas that 81% of Real Madrid supporters want a new manager. The supporters have not forgiven Mourinho for benching Casillas and Ramos.
It does not help that Mourinho has been linked with clubs from the English and Russian Premier League. Casillas is also out of action secondary to an injury.
In view of this reality, the following predictions are in order.
1st Leg of the Round of 16 UEFA Champions League
Manchester United 6-5 Real Madrid
Chicharito Hernandez will score five of the goals with an assist from Robin Van Persie for Manchester United.
Ronaldo will attempt to score but the ball will deflect at the goal post.
Ramos will score three goals for Real Madrid
Mesut Ozil will score the next two for Real Madrid
Van Persie will score the last goal
2nd Leg of the Round of 16 UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid 2-3 Manchester United
Van Persie, Hernandez, and Wayne Rooney will each score a goal for Manchester United
Sergio Ramos will score two goals for Real Madrid
Mourinho and Ronaldo will be booed and jeered at the Santiago Bernabeu
Ronaldo will attempt to score for Real Madrid only to have the ball deflect at the goal post.
After the match, Mourinho will be removed as manager and Ronaldo will be sold during the Summer Transfer Window.