Steve McManaman: 'Manchester United are favourites against Real Madrid'

McManaman: 'United are favourites'
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Steve McManaman claims that Manchester United are favourites against Real Madrid but warns the Red Devils against any complacency.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman believes that Manchester United are "favourites" to win against the Spanish club in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Red Devils need just a goalless draw in the second leg of their last-16 tie at Old Trafford to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition.

"Manchester United are favourites because they are at home, but Madrid are in good shape, playing well and come with a lot of confidence," he told Cadena Cope.

"United won this weekend 4-0 against Norwich too, though, I am sure Madrid will score a goal. Madrid played an impressive match against Barcelona and won 3-1, so I think the English team will opt for a more defensive game.

"[Sir Alex] Ferguson's team are physically stronger and although Barcelona have best XI in the world, the squad of Manchester United is much better."

The first leg of the tie ended in a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid last month.

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