Wayne Rooney has declared Manchester United will be prepared for the visit of Real Madrid in their Champions League showdown tonight.

The England striker revealed his thoughts via his official Facebook page ahead of the last 16 clash, with Cristiano Ronaldo set to return to Old Trafford for the first time since his £80million transfer to Real Madrid for the pivotal encounter.

Rooney said: "It's going to be a special night at Old Trafford. Real Madrid are a great team and we will be ready."

Danny Welbeck and Ronaldo scored headed goals in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu to keep the tie in the balance at 1-1. Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho will meet again tonight with a Champions League quarter-final spot up for grabs, with the former having won just twice in 15 previous meetings with the Portuguese.

Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand is likely to start against Real Madrid, and is also ready for tonight's encounter.

He told his official Facebook account yesterday: "Chillin' and getting in the zone before tomorrow night's game against Real Madrid!"

Ferdinand also reminisced about United's last game against Real Madrid at Old Trafford, a 4-3 victory in 2003. The Brazilian Ronaldo netted a hat-trick, but the Red Devils won the match courtesy of a goal from Ruud van Nistelrooy, an own goal from Ivan Helguera and a brace from substitute David Beckham. However, Real Madrid won the tie 6-5 on aggregate.

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