Cristiano Ronaldo aims to score goals at Old Trafford for Real Madrid
Sir Alex Ferguson lauded his former player Cristiano Ronaldo even though the Portugal goal-scoring machine was a shadow of himself against Manchester United at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.
Manchester United grabbed a huge advantage in the first leg of the Round of 16 in the Champions League by recording a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid’s home. Sir Alex Ferguson and Co. will only have to score a goal or ensure Real Madrid doesn’t score to enter the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League.
Danny Welbeck put Manchester United ahead on a superb header following a corner kick from Wayne Rooney in the 20th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo leveled the score-line just 10 minutes later with a brilliantly placed header on a cross from Fabio Coentrao.
The Real Madrid star didn’t celebrate after scoring against his former club “out of respect”. Nonetheless, the 28-year-old forward is hoping of scoring at taking his side into the next round of the Champions League by grabbing an away victory at Old Trafford on March 5.
“At Old Trafford we can win, we always have the initiative to try to win,” Cristiano Ronaldo said. “It was a well-played match. Manchester United are very strong defensively, but we created problems for them.
“Tonight we missed a few goals, but we do not worry. [The tie] is all open. I did not want to celebrate the goal out of respect, as I played there for six years. I grew up there, and I have a special affection [for Manchester United].”
Cristiano Ronaldo has an impressive record at Old Trafford, but that was when the Portuguese was playing under different colors. In spite of letting Manchester United draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Spanish football giants still have a chance of picking up an away win.
The Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits it would only take a moment of brilliance for Cristiano Ronaldo to put Real Madrid ahead in the game. However, expect fierce competition from the English side as they managed well in keeping most of Real Madrid’s attacks at bay.