Real Madrid and Manchester United both trained in front of the cameras a day before their highly anticipated Champions League knockout tie.

United were put through their paces at the Reds' Carrington complex ahead of flying out to the Spanish capital this afternoon, where they will be expected to undergo a second training session at Real's Bernabéu stadium this evening.

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  • Manchester United's Robin van Persie trains with teammates at Carrington training ground, in Manchester, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Manchester United will play Real Madrid in a Champion's League first knockout round soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa, center, trains with teammates including Chris Smalling, right, at Carrington training ground in Manchester, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Manchester United will play Real Madrid in a Champion's League first knockout round soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, trains with teammates at Carrington training ground in Manchester, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Manchester United will play Real Madrid in a Champion's League first knockout round soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, bottom, is helped to his feet after falling as he trains with teammates at Carrington training ground in Manchester, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Manchester United will play Real Madrid in a Champion's League first knockout round soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie (right) and Rio Ferdinand during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (floor) is helped up by Michael Carrick during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie (centre), Wayne Rooney (left), Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes (right) during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (right) watches his players during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie (left) during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa and Rafael during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson watches his players during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United players during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Phil Jones and Shinji Kagawa (left) during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is helped up by Michael Carrick during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

  • Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, smiles as he trains alongside teammate Nemanja Vidic at Carrington training ground in Manchester, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Manchester United will play Real Madrid in a Champion's League round of 16 soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, center, trains with teammates at Carrington training ground in Manchester, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Manchester United will play Real Madrid in a Champion's League round of 16 soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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    Real Madrid's Pepe of Portugal walks during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. Real Madrid will play Manchester United Wednesday in the 1st leg of a round of 16 Champions League soccer match in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)

  • Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal, center, stands in front of Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, top right, as he watches other players exercise during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. Real Madrid will play Manchester United Wednesday in the 1st leg of a round of 16 Champions League soccer match in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)

  • Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand, left, trains with teammates including Jonny Evans at Carrington training ground, in Manchester, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Manchester United will play Real Madrid in a Champion's League round of 16 soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, 2nd left, runs with some of his teammates during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. Real Madrid will play Manchester United Wednesday in the 1st leg of a round of 16 Champions League soccer match in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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    Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal, right watches Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, left, during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. Real Madrid will play Manchester United Wednesday in the 1st leg of a round of 16 Champions League soccer match in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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    Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal, right, looks around as his players run during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. Real Madrid will play Manchester United Wednesday in the 1st leg of a round of 16 Champions League soccer match in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, center rear, kicks a soccer ball during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. Real Madrid will play Manchester United Wednesday in the 1st leg of a round of 16 Champions League soccer match in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12: Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Real Madrid excercises with his teammates ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester United at the Valdebebas training ground on February 12, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12: Cristiano Ronaldo (C) of Real Madrid excercises with his teammates ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester United at the Valdebebas training ground on February 12, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12: Real Madrid players excercise ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester United at the Valdebebas training ground on February 12, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho (R) takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho (L) takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho (Back) watches Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo as they take part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12: Cristiano Ronaldo (C) of Real Madrid stands amid his teammates during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester United at the Valdebebas training ground on February 12, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Although the sun was shining on the Spanish champions, Madrid's squad were wrapped up warm like their opponents during a session at their own training ground.

The temperature is expected to peak at 14° on Wednesday but will drop into single-figures come the 20.45pm local kick-off time.

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Mourinho watches on as Cristiano Ronaldo trains

The clubs have met eight times before over four knockout stages dating as far back as 1957. Madrid have won three, United have won two and three of the contests have ended in draws with 31 goals scored.