Manchester United manager amazed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal
The Champions League tie between Manchester United and Real Madrid is nicely poised after a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night, with Danny Welbeck putting the Red Devils into the lead before Cristiano Ronaldo’s header restored parity.
February 14th, 2013
That was the end of the scoring and means that United have a slight advantage going into the second leg at Old Trafford, although Sir Alex Ferguson was full of admiration for Ronaldo’s goal, having previously blamed Patrice Evra for failing to challenge the former Red Devil.
“I spoke to him. He is sitting in our dressing room, talking to the lads,” said the United boss.
“He had six years with us and I am proud of how he flourished.
“I blamed Patrice Evra for not challenging for his goal until I saw the replay and felt a bit stupid.
“His knee is about as high as Evra’s head – phenomenal.
“I don’t think any other player in the world can do that, certainly not Messi.”
Meanwhile, Ronaldo refused to celebrate the Real goal out of respect to his former club and is now looking forward to his return to Old Trafford.
“I was in Manchester for six years so tonight was very emotional for me,” the Portuguese said.
“I scored a goal but I didn’t celebrate out of respect.
“Maybe United are favourites now, maybe not. Anything can happen.
“Sometimes we are better away than at home so we will see.
“It will be amazing to play at Old Trafford again after four years. It will be another emotional night.”