Ronaldo set for United return in Champions League

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Updated: December 20, 2012

Nine-times winners Real Madrid will play Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League after the draw was made at Uefa’s headquarters in Switzerland on Thursday.

The fixture will see Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo return to his former club. Real, the Spanish champions, have been disappointing in La Liga this season and they finished second in their Champions League group behind Borussia Dortmund. But Ronaldo, a United player from 2003 to 2009, will be desperate for Real to rise to the occasion against the club at which he won the European Cup in 2008. Real manager Jose Mourinho, once of Chelsea, will also come up against his old rival Alex Ferguson. United, three-times European champions, have played Real eight times and won only twice. Real, who will host United in the first leg on February 13, last won the European Cup in 2002.

Favourites Barcelona will face seven-times winners AC Milan and last season’s runners-up Bayern Munich take on Arsenal.

Barcelona are now 2-1 favourites to win the Champions League although they could hardly have picked a club with more experience of success in Europe in seven-times winners AC Milan when the competition resumes in mid-February. World player of the year Messi has scored 90 goals in 2012 and has fired Barcelona to a nine-point lead in La Liga while Milan are 14 points adrift of Juventus in Serie A and finished second behind Malaga in their group.

Bayern Munich, beaten by Chelsea in last season’s final, have a nine-point lead in the Bundesliga and were content to have drawn Arsenal who have struggled this season for any consistency.

Galatasaray meet Schalke 04, Celtic take on Juventus, Porto face Malaga and Valencia clash with Paris St Germain.

The first legs will take place between February 12-20 and the return games between March 5-13

Galatasaray v Schalke 04
Celtic v Juventus
Arsenal v Bayern Munich
Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund
AC Milan v Barcelona
Real Madrid v Manchester United
Valencia v Paris St Germain
Porto v Malaga