As Real Madrid and Manchester United prepare to do battle at the Santiago Bernabeu in the last-16 of the Champions League, here's a look back at some classic encounters between the European giants.

1957: European Cup semi-final
First leg: Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester United
Second leg:
Manchester United 2-2 Real Madrid

Madrid and United met for the first time in April 1957, which was also the second year of the tournament's existence. Manchester United’s side contained the likes of Bobby Charlton and Duncan Edwards, with legendary manager Matt Busby leading the way. The Red Devils failed to beat the Spanish giants, who went on to retain the title before winning the competition in its first five editions.

1968: European Cup semi-final
First leg: Manchester United 1-0 Real Madrid
Second leg:
Real Madrid 3-3 Manchester United

Ten years after the 1958 Munich air disaster, the two sides collided again in the semi-finals of the European Cup. George Best, arguably the greatest ever player in Manchester United’s history, gave his side a narrow lead but Madrid soon cancelled that out through Pirri, before going ahead courtesy of goals from Gento and Amancio Amaro. The Red Devils won the two-legged tie, with the aggregate score finishing 4-3. Busby’s side went on to win their first European Cup, beating Benfica in the final at Wembley.

2000: Champions League quarter-final
First leg: Real Madrid 0-0 Manchester United
Second leg:
Manchester United 2-3 Real Madrid

After a draw in Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, holders Manchester United played host to the Spanish giants full of confidence. Roy Keane scored an own goal in the first half and to the horror of Sir Alex Ferguson, it got worse after the break. Raul scored a typically clinical goal to put the visitors 2-0 up before adding another. United did try to come back with David Beckham scoring a terrific individual goal and Scholes pulling one back later on from the penalty spot, but it was too little too late and Real went on to win the Champions League yet again.

2003: Champions League quarter-final
First leg: Real Madrid 3 – 1 Manchester United
Second leg:
Manchester United 4 – 3 Real Madrid

With Real 3-1 up from the first leg, United were left with no other option than to attack from the off. Ronaldo scored first with Ruud van Nistelrooy cancelling his goal, before the Brazilian scored twice more after the interval. Most teams would have known they were beaten, but United’s never-say-die attitude pushed them forward even more in search of a miracle. An Ivan Helguera own goal and two late strikes from substitute David Beckham gave United pride and victory on the night, but it was Real who progressed at the end of this breathless encounter. Brazilian striker Ronaldo got a standing ovation at Old Trafford, which is very rarely seen for a rival player.

 

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