Nearly four years have passed since Cristiano Ronaldo's world record £80m transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid. So exasperated had United fans become with a saga which ran, on and off, for three years that at the 2009 Champions League final in Rome they joined in with Barcelona fans for a chorus of "F**k you, Real Madrid tra la la la la."

The relationship between Madrid and United had soured bitterly over the former's desire to sign the Portuguese. The Marca snippets and public pursuits had left Sir Alex Ferguson so angry he vowed he wouldn't sell Madrid - "that mob" - a virus.

Although the majority of United supporters shared Ferguson's weariness, the jibe risked ruining a rapport between two clubs which had lasted over 50 years. Real Madrid and Manchester United's joint history dates back to the hegemony of Alfredo di Stefano, Raymond Kopa and the Busby Babes in 1957. Madrid offered the United players who had survived the following year's Munich air disaster holidays in Spain as a bond was forged between the two biggest clubs in world football.

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Roy Keane and Zinedine Zidane do battle in 2003

With the duo set to play each other for the ninth time on Wednesday, it is pertinent to recall the previous eight meetings.

REAL MADRID 3-1 MANCHESTER UNITED, 1957 EUROPEAN CUP SEMI-FINAL 1ST LEG
Manchester United's first season in the European Cup was also the first time an English club had ventured outside of the UK. Against the wishes of the pompous Football Association, Matt Busby emerged as British football's trailblazer as his Babes vanquished Anderlecht, Borussia Dortmund and Athletic Club Bilbao before their semi-final meeting with Real Madrid.

Inaugural winners of the European Cup in 1956, Madrid's experience saw off United with relative ease as the genius of Alfredo di Stefano, Raymond Kopa and Francisco Gento proved too much for the likes of Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards and Tommy Taylor in a 3-1 win.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2-2 REAL MADRID, 1957 EUROPEAN CUP SEMI-FINAL 2ND LEG
The first time a European match was shown on live television in the UK, a hint of United's maturity came in the return leg when they drew with Madrid. Charlton and Taylor got the goals, although Madrid had already raced into a 2-0 lead.

The abiding memory of that night is of Roger Byrne and Duncan Edwards attempting to carry the supposedly injured Manuel Torres off the pitch, only for the Spaniard to be dragged back on by his teammates.

MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 REAL MADRID, 1968 EUROPEAN CUP SEMI-FINAL 1ST LEG
Decimated by what happened in Munich, United may have met Madrid in the 1958 final in Heysel had tragedy not intervened, so the clubs were drawn together again 11 years after their first encounters and in the last four again. Charlton was the only survivor in the United lineup from '57.

Just the one goal separated the teams as United, smarting from their failure to win the European Cup in 1966 having humiliated holders Benfica 5-1, had George Best to thank for the slender advantage they took to the Spanish capital.

John Aston Jr, whose father played under Matt Busby, exhibited tremendous wing play before pulling the bobbling ball back for an unmarked Best to smash an unstoppable shot past Antonio Betancort. Aston, an unsung hero of the '68 side, would go on to be man of the match in the Wembley final.

REAL MADRID 3-3 MANCHESTER UNITED, 1968 EUROPEAN CUP SEMI-FINAL 2ND LEG
For the return leg, the second Munich survivor Bill Foulkes returned to the United line-up but no one could possibly have known how seminal his presence would be.

Pirri and Gento put Madrid 2-0 up to cancel out United's aggregate lead only for Zoco to score an own goal with a minute of the first-half remaining. However Amáncio struck a potentially lethal blow to restore Real's two-goal advantage and aggregate lead.

Recollections of what Busby said at the interval are contradictory. Some United players said he was inspirational while Charlton has said he was shell-shocked by Madrid's dominance. United had been making comebacks since before Old Trafford was bombed during World War II and they were about to rally for one of their greatest on-pitch recoveries.

David Sadler levelled the tie at 3-3 on 73 minutes in an era when the away goals rule was yet to exist. Seven minutes later, George Best received the ball on the right wing and scoured for options, only to find the surreal sight of Foulkes, a defender, demanding the ball on the edge of the area. Best obliged and Foulkes slotted in one of the nine goals he notched in 688 appearances for United to send them through to their first European Cup final.

REAL MADRID 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED, 2000 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL 1ST LEG
Madrid, in disarray and sixth in La Liga, got off easy as Sir Alex Ferguson's United, who had just obliterated West Ham 7-1, came looking for a 0-0 draw and got it, despite Andy Cole missing a sitter. Mark Bosnich was in outstanding form for an uncharacteristically negative Reds, with Roy Keane the most dissatisfied in his post-match interview.

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Mark Bosnich excelled in the Bernabéu

"No, we're disappointed, actually. Especially not to get an away goal," he told the upbeat press. Keane, obsessed with playing in a Champions League final having missed out in 1999, would be even more disappointed after the second leg.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2-3 REAL MADRID, 2000 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL 2ND LEG
United had lost just twice at home in their European history and despite the edgy scoreline from the first leg remained favourites to progress. And like in the previous year's knockout tie against Juventus, Keane intervened. Only at the wrong end.

With Bosnich injured again, Raimond van der Gouw returned in goal for England's champions-elect and his lack of communication with the Irishman resulted in Keane netting the only own goal of his Old Trafford career. United dominated the match but came unstuck against an 18-year-old goalkeeper called Iker Casillas. "Not normal," was how Ferguson described the Spaniard's performance.

After the interval Raúl pounced, curling in a delicate effort to effectively end United's defence of the European Cup before Fernando Redondo did this to Henning Berg before assiting Raúl for his second and Real's third.

David Beckham hit a brilliant solo reply and Paul Scholes smashed in a penalty, but unlike in Barcelona the previous year United could not repeat the last gasp salvo against Madrid, who went on to win their eighth European Cup.

REAL MADRID 3-1 MANCHESTER UNITED, 2003 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL 1ST LEG
"It's like football's equivalent of the Harlem Globetrotters," quipped an overwhelmed Ron Atkinson. At the height of Madrid's Galacticos era, Zidane, Figo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Raúl and co. gave a United side boasting Keane, Scholes, Giggs, Van Nistelrooy and Beckham the footballing lesson of their lives. Figo opened the scoring with a fortuitous lob before Raùl turned the naive Rio Ferdinand for a 2-0 lead at the interval which flattered the visitors.


Fabien Barthez, halfway through his career-ending tie with United, was culpable for the first two goals but was powerless when Raúl struck a sweet third. Van Nistelrooy headed in an away goal and an overawed Beckham fluffed a presentable chance during a spell of uncertainty for Madrid, but the Dutchman's goal was merely false hope.

MANCHESTER UNITED 4-3 REAL MADRID, 2003 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL 2ND LEG
A match renowned for persuading Roman Abramovich to buy a football club, this is not the classic it was immediately hailed as. Ronaldo's early opener killed off United's remote hopes of overturning or levelling the first leg deficit as the match became an exhibition upon David Beckham's arrival.

Playing his last European game for United, Beckham signed off with a glorious free-kick and the winning goal on his "special night". He was mortified when he returned home and re-watched the match, specifically after one of his set-pieces cleared Iker Casillas' crossbar.

"The camera cut away to the manager's reaction and my blood ran cold," Beckham's ghost writer explains in his autobiography. "His rage, his frustration; and it was all Beckham's fault." He would play just three more games for United before joining Madrid that summer.

The night however belonged to Ronaldo, who became the first player to hit an Old Trafford hat-trick since Dennis Bailey's trio for QPR in January 1992. Old Trafford, not for the last time, rose in unison to applaud a great Ronaldo.

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  • The Busby Babes pose before taking off for Madrid in 1957

  • Real Madrid

    13th April 1957: The Real Madrid team before playing Manchester United in the European Cup semi final. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

  • Sport. Football. pic: April 1957. European Cup Semi - Final Ist Leg. Real Madrid 3. v Manchester United 1. in the Bernabeu Stadium. Manchester United goalkeeper Ray Wood saves under pressure from Real Madrid's Alfredo Di Stefano as United players, l-r, Du

    Sport, Football, pic: April 1957, European Cup Semi - Final Ist Leg, Real Madrid 3, v Manchester United 1, in the Bernabeu Stadium, Manchester United goalkeeper Ray Wood saves under pressure from Real Madrid's Alfredo Di Stefano as United players, l-r, Duncan Edwards, Roger Byrne and Jackie Blanchflower look on (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

  • Soccer - European Cup Semi Final - 2nd Leg - Manchester United v Real Madrid - Old Trafford, Manchester

    Bill Foulkes, Manchester United right back (left of picture), and Eddie Colman, Manchester United's right half, come to the assistance of their centre-half John "Jackie" Blanchflower who has rolled on the ground with a Real Madrid player (white shirt) during the European Cup semi-final, second leg match. result was a 2-2 draw giving Real Madrid a winning aggregate of 5-3

  • Soccer - European Cup - Semi Final - 2nd Leg - Manchester United v Real Madrid - Old Trafford

    Miguel Munoz, captain of Real Madrid, arriving at Heathrow Airport for the European Cup semi final second leg against Manchester United.

  • Soccer - European Cup Semi Final - 2nd Leg - Manchester United v Real Madrid - Old Trafford, Manchester

    Rival captain Miguel Munoz (left) of Real Madrid and Roger Byrne of Manchester United shake hands before the Kick off of their European Cup Semi-Final second leg match at Manchester. Result was a 2 -2 draw giving Real Madrid a winning aggregate of 5 -3.

  • Soccer - European Cup Semi Final - 2nd Leg - Manchester United v Real Madrid - Old Trafford, Manchester

    Real Madrid players appeal to the linesman in a foul on Marquitos , their centre-half , lying on ground with other Madrid players around him . An incident during the European Cup semi-final second leg match at Manchester . Result was a 2-2 draw giving real Madrid a winning aggregate of 5-3 .

  • Soccer - European Cup Semi Final - 2nd Leg - Manchester United v Real Madrid - Old Trafford, Manchester

    Ray Wood (Manchester United goalkeeper) tips a shot from Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid) over the bar during the European semi-final, second leg match at Manchester. Result was a 2-2 draw giving Real Madrid a winning aggregate of 5-3 .

  • Soccer - European Cup Semi Final - 2nd Leg - Manchester United v Real Madrid - Old Trafford, Manchester

    Real Madrid goalkeeper Juan Alonso leaps to punch away a shot from Manchester United inside right Bill Whelan (dark shirt) during the European Cup Semi Final second leg match Manchester last night. Result was a 2 - 2 draw giving Real Madrid a winning aggregate of 5 - 3.

  • Soccer - European Cup Semi Final - 2nd Leg - Manchester United v Real Madrid - Old Trafford, Manchester

    Real Madrid's Juan Alonso manages to punch the ball away, though challenged on his goal line by Manchester United inside right Billy Whelan in the European Cup semi-final at Old Trafford, Manchester. Manchester United, two goals down at half-time, tried desperately to weave their way to victory but this second leg of semi-final ended in a two-all draw. This, with their three goals in the earlier match in Madrid gave the Spaniards a 5-3 win on aggregate.

  • Soccer - European Cup Semi Final - 2nd Leg - Manchester United v Real Madrid - Old Trafford, Manchester

    Manchester United goalkeeper Ray Wood falls, Real Madrid 's outside right Raymond Kopa goes down as well (right) but he scores the vital first goal for his team at the European Cup semi-final match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

  • Sport. Football. Old Trafford, England. 24th April 1968. European Cup Semi-Final. 1st leg. Manchester United 1 v Real Madrid 0. Manchester United captain Denis Law (left) exchanges pennants with Real Madrid's captain Francisco Gento as referee T. Bakhramo

    Sport, Football, Old Trafford, England, 24th April 1968, European Cup Semi-Final, 1st leg, Manchester United 1 v Real Madrid 0, Manchester United captain Denis Law (left) exchanges pennants with Real Madrid's captain Francisco Gento as referee T, Bakhramov looks on (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

  • Real Madrid v Man Utd

    Contenders for the European Cup Real Madrid and Manchester United, in the shape of one Real player and United's Denis Law (centre) and Aston (right) go high in the air in their battle at Old Trafford.

  • Referee Tofik Bakhramov (l) prevents trainer Jack Crompton (second l) from treating Manchester United's George Best (c), as two Real Madrid players check the damage and Manchester United's Denis Law (r) watches. Bakhramov was the Russian linesman in the 1966 World Cup final

  • Brian Kidd congratulates George Best on his winner

  • Sport. Football. Old Trafford, England. 24th April 1968. European Cup Semi-Final. 1st leg. Manchester United 1 v Real Madrid 0. Manchester United's John Aston (right) leaps for the ball with Real Madrid's Perez.

    Sport, Football, Old Trafford, England, 24th April 1968, European Cup Semi-Final, 1st leg, Manchester United 1 v Real Madrid 0, Manchester United's John Aston (right) leaps for the ball with Real Madrid's Perez (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

  • Football. 1968. Manchester United's manager Sir Matt Busby pictured in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid before his team+s European Cup semi-final, scond leg match. United drew 3-3 and made it to their first European Cup Final.

    Football, 1968, Manchester United's manager Sir Matt Busby pictured in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid before his team+s European Cup semi-final, scond leg match, United drew 3-3 and made it to their first European Cup Final (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Football. 1968. Manchester United's George Best in the city of Madrid in Spain with his father before the team's vital European Cup Semi Final Second Leg.

    Football, 1968, Manchester United's George Best in the city of Madrid in Spain with his father before the team's vital European Cup Semi Final Second Leg (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Sport. Football. pic: 15th May 1968. 1968 European Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg. Madrid. Real Madrid 3 v Manchester United 3. Manchester United players wave to the crowd, left-right, Nobby Stiles, Shay Brennan, David Sadler, Tony Dunne, Brian Kidd, Bill Foulkes

    Sport, Football, pic: 15th May 1968, 1968 European Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg, Madrid, Real Madrid 3 v Manchester United 3, Manchester United players wave to the crowd, left-right, Nobby Stiles, Shay Brennan, David Sadler, Tony Dunne, Brian Kidd, Bill Foulkes, John Aston and Alex Stepney (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Football. 1968 European Cup Semi Final, Second Leg. Santiago Bernebeu Stadium, Spain. Real Madrid 3 v Manchester United 3. Action during the match showing the Real Madrid goalkeeper diving across his goal.

    Football, 1968 European Cup Semi Final, Second Leg, Santiago Bernebeu Stadium, Spain, Real Madrid 3 v Manchester United 3, Action during the match showing the Real Madrid goalkeeper diving across his goal (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Football. 1968 European Cup Semi Final, Second Leg. Real Madrid v Manchester United 3. Santiago Bernebeu Stadium. Manchester United's Action during the match. United drew 3-3 and made it to their first European Cup Final.

    Football, 1968 European Cup Semi Final, Second Leg, Real Madrid v Manchester United 3, Santiago Bernebeu Stadium, Manchester United's Action during the match, United drew 3-3 and made it to their first European Cup Final (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Gento Scores

    15th May 1968: Manchester United keeper Alex Stepney lets the ball go through his legs for Francisco Gento to score Real Madrid's second goal in the European Cup second leg semi-final at the Bernabau Stadium in Madrid. The final score was 3-3. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

  • Sadler Scores

    15th May 1968: David Sadler scores Manchester United's second goal with a back heel in the European Cup second leg semi-final against Real Madrid at the Bernabau Stadium in Madrid. The final score was 3-3. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

  • Kidd Jumps

    15th May 1968: Brian Kidd of Manchester United gets up to head the ball in the European Cup second leg semi-final against Real Madrid at the Bernabau Stadium in Madrid. The final score was 3-3. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

  • Football. 1968 European Cup Semi Final, Second Leg. Santiago Bernebeu Stadium, Spain. Real Madrid 3 v Manchester United 3. United's Bobby Charlton is overcome with emotion after the draw with Real earnt them their first ever place in a European Cup Final.

    Football, 1968 European Cup Semi Final, Second Leg, Santiago Bernebeu Stadium, Spain, Real Madrid 3 v Manchester United 3, United's Bobby Charlton is overcome with emotion after the draw with Real earnt them their first ever place in a European Cup Final (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Football. 1968 European Cup Semi Final, Second Leg. Santiago Bernebeu Stadium, Spain. Real Madrid 3 v Manchester United 3. United's Nobby Stiles and Pat Crerand (left) celebrate in the bath after the game following their draw which earnt their first ever

    Football, 1968 European Cup Semi Final, Second Leg, Santiago Bernebeu Stadium, Spain, Real Madrid 3 v Manchester United 3, United's Nobby Stiles and Pat Crerand (left) celebrate in the bath after the game following their draw which earnt their first ever European Cup Final place (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Volume 2. Page 9. Picture number 7. Sport. Football. 15th May 1968. Madrid, Spain. European Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg. Real Madrid 3 v Manchester United 3. United win 4-3 on aggregate. Manchester United star George Best celebrates under the shower after Manc

    Volume 2, Page 9, Picture number 7, Sport, Football, 15th May 1968, Madrid, Spain, European Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg, Real Madrid 3 v Manchester United 3, United win 4-3 on aggregate, Manchester United star George Best celebrates under the shower after Manchester United qualified for the European Cup Final (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Madrid Spain, 15th May1968. European Cup Semi Final, Second Leg. Real Madrid 3 v Manchester Unied 3. Manchester United's Bobby Charlton (2L) with his manager Sir Matt Busby, Jimmy Murphy (left) and Jack Crompton after 1968 European Cup Semi Final match in

    Madrid Spain, 15th May1968, European Cup Semi Final, Second Leg, Real Madrid 3 v Manchester Unied 3, Manchester United's Bobby Charlton (2L) with his manager Sir Matt Busby, Jimmy Murphy (left) and Jack Crompton after 1968 European Cup Semi Final match in Madrid (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

  • The Manchester United Team

    4 Apr 2000: The Manchester United Team during the UEFA Champions League game between Real Madrid and Manchester United at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. The game finished 0-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Alex Livesey /Allsport

  • Real Madrid's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (R) and Manches

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  • Jaap Stam of Manchester United

    4 Apr 2000: Jaap Stam of Manchester United appeals to the referee during the UEFA Champions League game between Real Madrid and Manchester United at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. The game finished 0-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster /Allsport

  • Steve McManaman of Real Madrid and Ryan Giggs of Manchester United

    4 Apr 2000: Steve McManaman of Real Madrid and Ryan Giggs of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League game between Real Madrid and Manchester United at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. The game finished 0-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Alex Livesey /Allsport

  • Raul of Real Madrid is challenged by Jaap Stam of Manchester United

    4 Apr 2000: Raul of Real Madrid is challenged by Jaap Stam of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League game between Real Madrid and Manchester United at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. The game finished 0-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster /Allsport

  • Roy Keane

    19 Apr 2000: Roy Keane of Manchester United waits for the ground to open up after scoring an own-goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Real Madrid won the match 3-2. \Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill /Allsport

  • Raul

    19 Apr 2000: Raul scores the second goal for Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Real Madrid won the match 3-2. \ Mandatory Credit: Michael Steele /Allsport

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  • David Beckham

    19 Apr 2000: David Beckham scores the first goal for Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Real Madrid won the match 3-2. \ Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill /Allsport

  • Real Madrid

    19 Apr 2000: Real Madrid players salute the crowd after the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Real Madrid won the match 3-2. \ Mandatory Credit: Michael Steele /Allsport

  • Fussball: Champions League 02/03 Real Madrid - Manchester United

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    MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 08: Champions League 02/03 Viertelfinale, Madrid; Real Madrid - Manchester United 3:1; Einlauf, Begruessung (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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    MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 08: Champions League 02/03 Viertelfinale, Madrid; Real Madrid - Manchester United 3:1; Schiedsrichter Anders FRISK/SWE, Fernando HIERRO/Madrid (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • Manchester United players look dejected after Luis Figo of Real Madrid scores the first goal with a stunning effort

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  • Fussball: Champions League 02/03 Real Madrid - Manchester United 3:1

    MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 08: Champions League 02/03, Viertelfinale, Madrid; Real Madrid - Manchester United 3:1; Jubel RAUL/Real (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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  • David Beckham of Manchester United on the subs bench

    MANCHESTER - APRIL 23: David Beckham of Manchester United on the subs bench during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, second leg match between Manchester United and Real Madrid held on April 23, 2003 at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Manchester United won the match 4-3, but lost the tie 6-5 on aggregate. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

  • Fussball: Champions League 02/03

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  • Fussball: Champions League 02/03

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  • David Beckham of Man Utd scores the 3rd goal

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: David Beckham of Man Utd scores the third goal from a free kick during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, second leg match between Manchester United and Real Madrid on April 23, 2003 at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

  • Fussball: Champions League 02/03

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    Real Madrid's Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Manchester United during their UEFA Champions League quarter final 2nd leg at Old Trafford in Manchester 23 April 2003. AFP Photo Paul Barker (Photo credit should read PAUL BARKER/AFP/Getty Images)