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Man Utd boss Ferguson eager to avoid Real Madrid in Champions League

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to avoid Real Madrid in the next phase of the Champions League.

Ferguson is anxious to avoid old boy Cristiano Ronaldo and a Real ­Madrid side he ­believes are now on a par with ­champions ­Barcelona.

He said: "Madrid have ­improved this season and I see them as being as big a threat as Barcelona.

"They look every bit as good as ­Barcelona.

"They have so much energy and Ronaldo is Ronaldo. He's got more than 100 goals for them already - phenomenal."

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