My Mark: United against Real ropes

Against Madrid, the irony is that if United are to be outnumbered and technically bettered in midfield their escape route should be the wings where they would ideally find some breathing space and the comfort of know-how. Yet, like Pep Guardiola in that final at Wembley in 2011, Jose Mourinho is aware and will stifle those wings. And he might not have to do much considering the terrible form United’s wingers are in at the moment, and general shortcomings which include being one-dimensional and woefully predictable (Antonio Valencia), annoyingly inconsistent and devoid of the killer edge (Nani), limited in ability (Ashley Young).