Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo set for emotional return to Manchester United
A date has been set for Cristiano Ronaldo’s much-awaited return to the Theatre of Dreams. A huge number of Manchester United fans dreamt about Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the club in different colors. Nonetheless, the Champions League bout against Real Madrid is a good enough excuse to see the Portuguese football icon at Manchester United.
Seeing Cristiano Ronaldo back on the Manchester United field will certainly bring forth some emotional memories. It will be kind of hard for Sir Alex Ferguson to see the former Manchester United poster-boy play against his old colleagues.
Nonetheless, the Manchester United gaffer responded positively to the news of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United on Thursday. Sir Alex Ferguson told reporters that he was looking forward to the opportunity of being reunited with Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The La Liga champions have been paired up with Manchester United in the Last-16 stage of Champions League. The first leg of the encounter will be played at Real Madrid’s home, the Santiago Bernabeu.
The second leg of encounter between Manchester United and Real Madrid will be played at Old Trafford, where Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to receive an emotional welcome.
Manchester United sold Cristiano Ronaldo for a world record transfer fee of £80 million to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009. Sir Alex Ferguson admits he has missed Cristiano Ronaldo more than he imagined. The legendary Scotsman and the Portuguese football icon have a unique father-son relationship.
Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson confesses he will relish the opportunity to go against his old rival Jose Mourinho. The former Chelsea manager is in the mix of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United when the Scotsman finally decides to step down as manager of the club.
“Well, it's the tie of the round,” Sir Alex Ferguson told Manchester United’s official website. “It's a great opportunity for our fans to see Cristiano again and also for me to meet up with Jose again - I'll need to order some good wine!”
It’s not just Sir Alex Ferguson who is excited about Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United. Former teammate Rio Ferdinand responded to the Champions League draw results with a tweet.
“Oh yes, Madrid! What a great couple of games that'll be! Cristiano [Ronaldo] see you soon bro!” Rio Ferdinand tweeted.