Wednesday night at the Santiago Bernabeu sees perhaps the two greatest managers in the modern game come face-to-face once more, in what promises to be a scintillating occasion when the footballing giants Manchester United and Real Madrid share the stage for the first time since 2003. The Premier League and La Liga dynasties are the two most supported and revered teams in the world, with a fan base and commercial revenue that puts most other teams to shame, and although neither of them are at their vintage best this season there is still much to be admired.

The Champions League is one of the most prestigious honours in world football, it is the tournament all of Europe’s elite aspire to win. Ferguson and Mourinho have both won it twice and will be hungry for success once more, meaning that the two will have to put their friendship to one side as they tussle for glory.

Two in form terms, United are in better shape going into the tie, but Madrid have a formidable squad that exudes with continental class, spearheaded by the mercurial Cristiano Ronaldo. If the Red Devils are to defeat Los Blancos, they will have to be at the very top of their game, with each individual performing at the peak of his powers. So, with this dramatic spectacle just around the corner, here are five ways in which Fergie’s men can conquer Mourinho’s…

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This article was first posted on February 13, 2013