Champions League: Real Madrid 1 Manchester United 1

One up: Danny Welbeck celebrates after putting Manchester United ahead
One up: Danny Welbeck celebrates after putting Manchester United ahead
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DANNY Welbeck’s crucial away goal earned Manchester United an encouraging 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League tie.

David De Gea tipped Fabio Coentrao’s shot onto the post before Welbeck nodded in Wayne Rooney’s corner.

Cristiano Ronaldo levelled when he leapt to head Angel Di Maria’s cross.

Phil Jones and Michael Carrick were composed in midfield, ahead of the solid centre-back pairing of Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans.

And they will hope that with the home leg on March 5, their fine form at Old Trafford this season will give them a slender advantage.