Manchester United vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League 2nd Leg Round of 16: Open Thread

Manchester United has been cruising through this Premier League season with a 12-point lead at the top of the table. But today will mark their greatest test since the 2012-13 season kicked off eight months ago. Today one of the giants of world soccer will be knocked out.

No matter where you’re watching this match today, the world’s attention will be locked on Old Trafford for two hours where Jose Mourinho says the “world will stop” to watch the game.

And no matter what happens, Sir Alex Ferguson says we should be able to see Ryan Giggs make his 1,000th senior appearance tonight. What an honor.

Man United team v Madrid: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Nani, Welbeck, Giggs, Van Persie

If you live in the United States, today’s match will be shown live on FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer 2Go. FOX Soccer will have commentators Gus Johnson and Warren Barton behind the mic, while we believe Martin Tyler will be announcing the same game shown live on FOX Soccer 2Go.

Before, during and after today’s match, follow the conversation with soccer fans around the world in the comments section below.

110 thoughts on “Manchester United vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League 2nd Leg Round of 16: Open Thread”

  1. Just some serious monster clubs bashing heads and the loser goes home. With probably a billion people watching or at least wanting to know what happened. On a weekday afternoon (US time) no less. Can’t get something that cool in any other sport!

  2. anyone got a (free?) non-gus johnson (gratis?)commentary option (at no charge?) to go with the footage today? please?? help a despairing brother out! only worse thing than watching united go out today will be listening to gus johnson telling me that united are going out today.

    1. It’s like no one thought to tell Mr Johnson that United fans really don’t like being called ‘Man U’.

      I know he doesn’t know a lot about the sport, but it would be akin to calling the Yankees the New York Yanks. Or the Red Sox the Boston Reds.

  3. It’s interesting that foxsoccer2go is offering both the Gus Johnson feed and the Martin Tyler feed. I wonder which feed will be most popular.

  4. UEFA Ref stops game for Man Utd Non head injury, Clattenburg ignored Ade for 2 mins Spurs v Farcenal… What do you prefer?

  5. That right there my friends is the worst call I’ve ever heard.


    “HEADED UP!!!!! AND IN!!!!!!!!”
    Well, it wasn’t headed up and it never went in. Also someone needs to teach Gus about offside.

  6. Use the foxsoccer2go stream with Martin Tyler. Thank you fox for the CHOICE now if you can figure out how to make that choice available on my tv without needing to stream it…. That would be great!

  7. ‘Are you surprised how well Manchester United have played in the first half?’

    Is that a real question?

      1. He’s speaking to an American audience that has far more experience watching basketball than soccer. The occasional comparison is appropriate.

  8. Mourinho left early? What is that? Would have loved to see ManU score right after Jose went down the tunnel.

  9. United fans are signing about MCFC at the match apparently. Guess they’re not too worried about Real Madrid.

  10. Terrible red card but I have to say I hate when players do what Nani did and pretend they’re injured to try to avoid a card.

  11. It was a terrible card that ruined a great match yeah I know United owns the FA refs but still a yellow card at most.

  12. Well good news for United is that Pepe is probably about 3 minutes away from a red card himself so you’ve got that to look forward to.

  13. If this match didn’t seal Nani’s exit this summer I’m not sure what will. His challenge was reckless at best and if it costs them advancing today then I can’t see any way back for him.

  14. Sacto – the red card was initially shocking and kicked the life out of the match BUT – Nani ran that risk when he dropped kicked the player in his stomach – accidentally or not, makes no difference. This is Europe..

  15. Question: quality-wise, how do you rate the quality of the Premier League considering

    1. There are no Premier League teams left in the 1/4 final stage of the Champions League.

    2. There isn’t a single Premier League player in the Best 11 according to the Ballon D’Or for 2012.

    1. I could say that Madrid haven’t been to a champions league final in over 10 years and the they’re the 2nd best team in Spain.

      In that time, Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal have all played in a Champions league final

    2. I’d never measure the Premier League’s quality to the Ballon D’or.

      I’d also say that United are hard done here today. Regardless of the outcome, United are the better team.

    3. That’s quite a starment considering the team that finished 6th in the NPL Won the Champions league last year….

      You think that a domestic 6th place team in any other league could win the UCL

  16. Great strategy, Fergie. Put in Welbeck and Nani and leave out Rooney. Bit you in the arse, didn’t it? Welbeck can’t score and Nani can’t pass. RVP is a tad over rated and the only true footballer you have is Rooney. You’re the one who lost the game, Fergie.

  17. This is just total crap. As much as I hate the rags, it is ridiculous for the referees to completely jack up this match.

    Let alone to see an injury-faking bunch of tw@s like Real going through to the next round. I can’t stand them in general. Have always hated Ronaldo. Modric? He makes Boy George circa 1985 look butch. And hey Special One, enjoy having Roman Abramovich’s gun perpetually held to your head for the half season or so you last at Chavski next year.

    Well, we EPL fans are down to Le Arse this year. Can’t say that fills me with a lot of optimism. But I’d sure be happy if they pulled off a miracle somehow.

  18. FOX Soccer needs to be reprimanded for the commentators and and studio pundits for their blatant on air bias of Man U, I cannot believe some of the things I was hearing on live television during this broadcast. ABSOLUTE SHOCK.

  19. Game ruined by Gus. Hopeless. Ludicrous, etc etc
    Terrible news that he’ll ruin next weekend’s FA Cup game between Man U & Chelsea.

    I had to switch off the sound today. He contributes worse than nothing. It beggars belief that, whist ITV were giving viewers an insightful commentary, this buffoon was inflicted on us.

    My only problem listening to ITV whilst watching FSC was that the ITV feed was three seconds behind. But it was worth it to get rid of that useless US commentary. Warren did his best to fill in the blanks and help Gus when he said things like “headed away by……(silence)”, but really – why do they inflict him upon us?

    Does anyone know how to synchronise the US & UK feeds? Is it better to add talkSPORT?

    1. If the talkSPORT stream is a little behind you can pause your TV feed momentarily and sync them up pretty well. If talkSPORT is ahead I’m not sure what you can do because if you try to pause TS it just picks up live again.

    1. Definitely a Euro-snob comment. I agree that you hear “match” more than “game” but I don’t think it is something to call someone out on.

      This is from the Newcastle United website: “Newcastle’s allocation for this match has sold out. However, tickets remain for next weekend’s home game against Stoke City.”

      Maybe it’s me, but it looks like match/game are interchangable.

    2. What’s there to be particular about here? Match / game. Aren’t they just synonyms? Unless there’s something you know about the two words which I don’t. Very much like the football/soccer thing which some pepole like to take so seriously and which never fails to baffle me.

      1. Just think about this. If I were to say:

        “My mum PERSUADED me to go out with her”


        “My mum CONVINCED me to go out with her”

        Is there any difference between the 2 statements at all? Or would I be wrong to use one of them?

      1. I think he was trying to be “one of the boys” and look like he knows what he is talking about…but all you have to do is look at his next post about RVP and Arsenal to realize that he is:
        1. Not the brightest light in the harbor.
        2. The light’s on but no one’s home.
        3. Not the brightest bulb in the box.
        4. A few screws short of a hardware store.
        5. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
        6. A few cards short of a deck.
        7. A few fries short of a Happy Meal.
        8. About as sharp as a marble.
        9. Only has one oar in the water.
        10. Smart as a bag of rocks.
        11. A burger short of a combo meal.
        12. The elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor.
        13. A few peas short of a casserole.
        14. A few keys short of a keyboard.
        15. Not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.
        16. The gates are down and the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.
        17. As smart as a stick.
        18. Fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.
        19. An intellect rivaled only by garden tools.
        20. Has an IQ of room temperature.
        21. Couldn’t pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel.
        22. Not the brightest crayon in the box.
        23. One twist short of a slinky.
        24. Sharp as a sack of wet mice.
        25. More numb than a frozen mukluk.
        26. Not the sharpest crayon in the box
        27. Not the sharpest tool in the shed
        28. They are depriving some village of its idiot.
        29. A few threads short of a sweater.
        30. A few sandwiches short of a picnic.
        31. Driveway doesn’t quite reach the road.
        32. The battery is not fully charged.
        33. About as sharp as a bowling ball.
        34. Dumber than a bag of hammers.
        35. A few bricks short of a full load.
        36. A few clowns short of a circus.
        37. A few beers short of a six-pack.
        38. Dumber than a box of hair.
        39. A few tacos short of a fiesta platter.
        40. All foam no beer.
        41. As smart as bait.
        42. Chimney’s clogged.
        43. Doesn’t have all his dogs on one leash.
        44. Forgot to pay his brain bill.
        45. The antenna doesn’t pick up all the channels.
        46. His belt doesn’t go through all the loops.
        47. Another brain would be lonely.
        48. Missing a few buttons on his remote control.
        49. No grain in the silo.
        50. Proof that evolution CAN go in reverse.

        Or, something of the sort…

  20. You Mr Fergie ruined this match, can’t say i’m suprised(maybe nani’s red card) but i guessed i expected him to ineffective all night.
    I knew we’ll lose when i saw the line up, Fergie has some serious questions to answer concerning the starting 11 today.
    How do you explain cleverly starting ahead of Kagawa,
    How does he also explain Rooney not starting a match of this magnitude, my God if i had my way i’ll punch that red nose.
    Thank God a good lad paid me £1,000 for my ticket.
    As for nani well i guess that final act leaves me with 1 word for him “GOODLUCK IN YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVOUR”

    I’m Coming.

  21. Nothing to be ashamed of tonight. We controlled the game until the red card. Guess we will just have to win the double now.

  22. Ok Gus, I gave you a chance 3 weeks ago but tonight was painful. You are a clueless novice who has no business calling anything to do with football with the possible exception of the MLS. Please do one and take that muppet Barton with his constant “they’re squeezing” over and over. The only thing that needed squeezing was Barton’s neck after the first 10 minutes.

  23. Glad that both Madrid and Dortmund have made it through, looking forward to seeing how the rest of the round of 16 unfolds.

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