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Manchester United could not have asked for a much tougher draw in the quarter-finals of the Champions League – but that does not mean they cannot go on and win it.
The Red Devils will face Real Madrid in the last eight of this season’s competition, and past history would suggest that they are on their way out of the competition because the Spanish champions have won the last two meetings between these teams.
However, Chelsea showed last season that this competition is no foregone conclusion. In fact, who would have predicted a Bayern Munich v Chelsea final?
Therefore it would be reckless to write off Manchester United just yet, and here are some reasons why they can become European champions once again:
Robin van Persie
Any team that has a red-hot Robin van Persie in the side has a chance of winning every game. The Dutchman has been in excellent form since joining United from Arsenal, and if he gets opportunities he will continue to score the goals that can fire the Red Devils to another appearance in the final.
And they are no strangers to final appearances…
Three finals in five years
United have shown their pedigree by reaching the final three times in the past five years. It is fair to say that this current side is not as strong as previous incarnations under Sir Alex Ferguson, but the legendary Scot has found a way to guide his team to finals in the past and you wouldn’t bet against him doing it again.
And this side is better than the Chelsea one that won the Champions League final last season.
Sir Alex Ferguson
Like I said before, this man knows how to guide a team to the Champions League final. And with time ticking down on his legendary career, it is well known that he would love to become a European Champion once again.
This will undoubtedly add more motivation to the players, who will be looking to hand Fergie a third Champions League success.
Beating Real Madrid will boost confidence
If United are to win the Champions League then they must overcome one of the favourites in the last 16, Real Madrid. It goes without saying that a two-legged win over the Spanish giants would send a major statement to their rivals, and it would also cement their status as a major contender to go all the way.
Written by Leigh Copson Glazier from Bettingpro.com, the number one source for sports betting tips, breaking news and expert views.
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