Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By FRANK MCCAULEY

GON­ZALO HIGUAIN has taunted Man United by in­sist­ing Sir Alex Fer­gu­son’s men are head­ing to Spain to de­fend.

Madrid man­ager Jose Mour­inho is feel­ing the pres­sure be­fore the crunch Cham­pi­ons League clash.

Real are af­ter a 10th Euro­pean Cup – and are a stun­ning 16 points adrift of Barcelona in the Span­ish league.

Mour­inho is set to walk away at the end of the sea­son but could be given the boot sooner if his side are dumped out of Europe.

United are streak­ing away with the ti­tle race in Eng­land, but were dumped out of the group stage in the Cham­pi­ons League last term.

And Ar­gentina striker Higuain be­lieves the Reds will be look­ing for a point and no more in what is be­ing billed as the glam­our clash of the year.

He is con­fi­dent Real can pull Fergie’s boys all over the place in the white-hot at­mos­phere of the Bern­abeu.

He said: “I think it’s quite a com­pact team. United al­ways get through to the fi­nal stages in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tions and there’s a rea­son why.

“We will have to be on our guard.

“Our aim is to win the match and if we can keep a clean sheet, then that’s even bet­ter.

“We know that an away goal in this com­pe­ti­tion can be im­por­tant.”

Higuain has also warned United that con­cen­trat­ing on su­per­star Cris­tiano Ron­aldo alone will cause them big prob­lems.

Argie ace Higuain is bat­tling with An­gel Di Maria, Karim Ben­zema and Me­sut Ozil to play along­side Ron­aldo in the first leg tonight.

He added: “It’s dif­fi­cult to choose, be­cause I think a team has to have ev­ery­thing to be a com­pet­i­tive side.

“We have in­di­vid­ual qual­ity and we can be dan­ger­ous on the counter-at­tack, but I couldn’t name one thing be­cause a top level team has to have ev­ery­thing.”

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