Scot knows just how dangerous Real Madrid’s Ronaldo can be.
Manchester United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his players not to become too fixated on returning former Red Devil Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the visit of Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night, says the Daily Mirror.
The Portugal international makes his first-ever trip back to Old Trafford since he left United to move to the Spanish capital in a word record deal worth £80 million three years ago when the La Liga champions take on United in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.
The two giants of the European game met three weeks ago in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, a contest that ended in a 1-1 draw, although not before the brilliant Portuguese playmaker had pulled Jose Mourinho’s side level with a powerful far-post header.
However, Ferguson has told his United players that it would be a massive mistake to only focus on the awesome Portuguese on Tuesday evening in Manchester, as to so would risk them not playing their own attacking game and taking the match to the Spaniards as is normally United’s want.
And the Scot is also concerned that his players may also in the process forget to do their jobs elsewhere on the field: “My biggest concern is that he turns up!
“What you do expect when you play against a team with Ronaldo in it is problems during the night. We have to try to contain it the best we can,” said Ferguson in his pre-match press conference.
“It won’t be easy because he does it every week. It’s no accident with the lad.
“Cristiano is a supreme athlete, an unbelievable athlete. He never misses a game, has a fantastic physique, two great feet, great in the air.