Football: Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson is anticipating an open game against Real Madrid on Tuesday night.
On Saturday Ferguson’s men warmed up for the Champions League last-16 second leg with a comprehensive win over Norwich in which the hosts kept their second consecutive clean sheet.
Ferguson, who saw Shinji Kagawa become the first Asian player to score a Premier League hat-trick, said he would be hoping for more of the same against the Spanish giants but conceded another shut-out was unlikely against a side that has defeated Barcelona twice in a week.
“If I thought we could get a blank against us on Tuesday I think we’ll go through,” said Ferguson, for whom Wayne Rooney also scored late on.
“But I think both teams will score and I hope we score more than them.”
Ferguson, whose side have restored their 15-point lead at the top of the table, believes that Kagawa, a summer signing from Borussia Dortmund, will hit top form next season.
He said: “He (Kagawa) got that injury in October/November and he was out for quite a while. It knocked him back a bit but he is gradually coming back and I think you’ll see a really good player next year.”
Having ended a run of nine Premier League matches without a win by beating Everton last weekend, this result left Norwich manager Chris Hughton “disappointed.”
He said: “Any team who comes here has to put in a real tough shift because you know they will have the majority of possession.
“The first goal was a poor one by our standards, but I think the second hurt us perhaps that bit more because we had to open up a little bit and when you do that against United they have the quality to really hurt you.”