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Ghana star Michael Essien returns to England to face Manchester United

Published on: 04 March 2013

Ex-Chelsea star Michael Essien has been named in the Real Madrid team to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday. 

The Ghana international star is part of the 24-man squad to for the second-leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

Essien, who left his English side Chelsea to join Real Madrid on loan in the summer, was named by coach Jose Mourinho for the key match.

The first leg ended 1-1 at Santiago Bernabeu and Manchester United are seeking to maintain their momentum to be able to edge past Real Madrid.

But Mourinho has taken his best players to England seeking to halt the English giants.

After back-to-back wins over Barcelona in less than two weeks, the whites are fired up for this encounter.

This marks the second time that the whites are coming to Manchester in this year’s Champions league after meeting Manchester City in the group stage.

Essien has been instrumental in the Madrid team since his arrival on loan after he lost favour at Chelsea.

The Ghanaian was in action against Barcelona over the weekend and he looks set for action if called to duty by manager José Mourinho.

Below is the full squad for Real Madrid.

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Adán, Diego López and Jesús.

Defenders: Ramos, Arbeloa, Marcelo, Albiol, Varane, Pepe, Coentrão and Carvalho.

Midfielders: Modric, Alonso, Khedira, Özil, Kaká, Callejón, Di María and Essien.

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuaín and Morata.


  • Paul says:
    March 05, 2013 01:06 pm
    I see madrid winning 2nite.
  • Solomon says:
    March 04, 2013 10:54 pm
    Real madrid all de way..we are going to score them in thier own soil
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    March 05, 2013 02:06 am
    Na lie ma broda!! We the red DEVILS will overcome the Galacticos @ the Theater Of Dreams come what may wanna bet?
  • Samedge7 says:
    March 05, 2013 04:41 am
    It was Van Persie vs C. Ronaldo the other time. This time it is Kagawa vs C. Ronaldo. We wait to see!
  • Dr Who says:
    March 05, 2013 06:14 am
    United 1: 2 Madrid