Alonso and Mourinho laud Real star Ronaldo ahead of battle with Man Utd
For the first time since making his famous switch to Real Madrid, the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford; but only to play against his former side Manchester United.
Real Madrid’s trip will be an emotional moment for the Manchester United team and supporters, but more so for Cristiano Ronaldo, who spent six years at the English club and claims he is still in love with it.
The 28-year-old Portugal international is expected to get a warm welcome at Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo’s former teammates will surely be looking forward to the opportunity to meet their former star once again.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho and midfielder Xabi Alonso believe Cristiano Ronaldo will get an ovation from the Old Trafford occupants on Tuesday night. Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 118 goals in 292 appearances during six seasons for Manchester United, made a new world record with his £80 million switch to Real Madrid in 2009.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been in blazing-hot form since he donned the Real Madrid jersey. The Portuguese star has netted 185 times in 184 appearances for Real Madrid since moving from the English football giants.
Xabi Alonso, who used to play against Cristiano Ronaldo in the Premier League when he was with Liverpool, believes his Portuguese teammate has a great future ahead of him.
“I think he will have a great reception but once the kick-off happens, he will just be thinking about doing the best for our team. Hopefully it will be a great night for him,” Xabi Alonso said. “It is very different to play with him rather than against him. I am lucky enough to say he is on my side now. He is in terrific form and he is looking forward to Tuesday.”
Jose Mourinho also had words of praise for Real Madrid’s top goal scorer. The Santiago Bernabeu boss told reporters that he remembered Cristiano Ronaldo to be a superb player back when he used to manage at Chelsea.
“I think it is nice that he speaks honestly about Cristiano,” Jose Mourinho said. “Any accolades are more than deserved. The reception he gets from the crowd will be well deserved. I was here in the Premier League when he was at Manchester United and am aware how well he did.”
Cristiano Ronaldo got his name on the scoring sheet during the first-leg of the Champions League encounter and he is expected to get it again on Tuesday night.