Ronaldo return excites Fergie

Sir Alex Ferguson says it will be "fantastic" to welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford when Manchester United face Real Madrid.

Last Updated: 30/12/12 at 11:34 Post Comment

Cristiano Ronaldo: Returning to Old Trafford after three-year absence

Cristiano Ronaldo: Returning to Old Trafford after three-year absence

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The two European heavyweights will go head-to-head in the last 16 of the Champions League, and Real superstar Ronaldo will be facing United for the first time since he left the club in 2009.

Ferguson signed the Portuguese winger as a teenager, and in his six years with the club he became a global superstar.

Ferguson said, with tongue in cheek: "It is in his contract he can't play against us. It would be a disgrace if he played."

The Scot added: "It will be fantastic to have him back. When he comes on to the pitch at Old Trafford he will get a great reception, quite rightly - after that they can boo him as much as they like.

"You have to remember, he came here at 17 and developed himself into a great footballer. We are proud of the part we played in his career.

"To get six years out of a boy when he comes to us at 17, we have done very well."

Ferguson insists there is no ill-feeling about the manner in which Ronaldo left Old Trafford.

"He always had a hankering to go to Real Madrid at some point in his career and we helped him on that way," said Ferguson.

"It wasn't disloyalty. I got another year out of him when he wanted to go the previous year. He honoured that and did fantastic for us and then went with our blessing.

"My way of looking at it was that we were lucky to have him for six years. The United fans would share that."

Ferguson says his personal battle with Real coach Jose Mourinho will be secondary to Ronaldo's return.

"I don't have a great record against Jose so I will have to put that right," said Ferguson.

"But the main focus will certainly centre around Cristiano. It will be a fantastic tie. Hopefully we can get them back here with a good chance and get the players absolutely buzzing.

"We have not had a really good European game for quite a while having not qualified last year.

"This is a big opportunity for United to kick on and step forward in European football again."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hen a players ability sinks to less than SWP's, but his value accelerates to more than £50m you know you must be in the comments section of an article about a Liverpool player leaving.

goober
Sterling Case For Leaving 'Bigger' Club

I

ll never forget Matt Stanger on Scott Dann on the transfer blog. I've always rated Dann since his time at Brum, and some newspaper had him going to a biggish club after Blackburn's relegation. A ball playing defender, Stanger mused, quoting. Pah. He's a godawful hoofer .

arexrarris
F365's Top Ten Unheralded Players Of The Season

T

o be fair, one of the reasons its so difficult for certain clubs to get close to Real Madrid or Barcelona is once they have a player who is good enough to compete against the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona, they f*ck off, usually to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

hump3.
Simeone baffled by PL failure

Footer 365

Harry Redknapp criticises Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham

Harry Redknapp says Mauricio Pochettino "has been rescued" by the performances of Spurs' young players this season, and has criticised the club's transfer policy.

Arsenal's bid for Paulo Dybala confirmed by Palermo

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini claims that Arsenal have made a bid for 'new Messi' Paulo Dybala.

Diego Simeone baffled by Premier League failure

Diego Simeone is baffled at the lack of cash-rich Premier League clubs in the later stages of the Champions League.

Mail Box

Brendan Rodgers Deserves Another Season...

"I am not bashing Chelsea, however..." The Mailbox takes aim at Jose Mourinho once again and under-fire Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers "deserves another season".

Klopp Over Rodgers? Not On Your Nelly

Liverpool fans have short memories and should give Rodgers more time, while Jose's tactics and claims are getting many more in a stew. It's the afternoon Mailbox...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company