Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson hopes ref Cuneyt Cakir is on his game for tonight's clash with Real Madrid.

Cakir has taken charge of two Manchester United games, and the Red Devils have won neither, losing in last season's Europa League to Athletic Bilbao after a Champions League draw with Benfica.

"You hope in a game of this nature that you are going to get the best refereeing performance, on the same level as the players on the pitch," said Ferguson.

"Mistakes will be made by players and the referee but you hope it will be a top performance.

"You hope to get nothing less than the best, An occasion like this deserves that."