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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | REAL MADRID VS MANCHESTER UNITED

Cristiano: "I won't celebrate if I score against Man United"

A few months ago Ronaldo admitted he missed his time at Old Trafford, declaring: "Without Manchester United, I wouldn't be the player I am today."

Cristiano: "I won't celebrate if I score against Man United"

"I won't celebrate if I score against United", was Cristiano Ronaldo's response upon learning that Real Madrid will face his former side in the second round of the Champions League.

The Portuguese forward was delighted that he will be returning to Old Trafford, where he is still looked upon as a hero, and where his name is still sung.

A few months ago, Ronaldo admitted he missed his time in England, where he was truly happy.

"I still speak with Ferguson," he said. "I miss him a lot, and I miss Manchester United. I felt very good there, it was like a family. I had six great years there and am still friends with my team-mates. It is thanks to Manchester United that I am here playing for Real Madrid. Without them, I wouldn't be the player I am today."

Ronaldo's former team-mate Rio Ferdinand also expressed delight at the draw and the prospect of a reunion, tweeting: "see you soon, bro"

Cristiano's crowning moment with Sir Alex Ferguson's side was the 2007-08 season, when he won the Premier League, the Champions League and the Ballon d'Or.

In that season he came up against his first club, Sporting Clube de Portugal, in the Group stages of the Champions League, and did not celebrate either of the two goals he scored against them, and even apologised to the home fans after scoring the winning goal in the Estadio José Alvalade.

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