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16/04/2009 07:26

Papers: The Special Ron

Ronny's rocket
United pulled off an historic victory - thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 40-yard rocket. The Portuguese star - dubbed ‘The Winker’ after his exploits at the 2006 World Cup - hit a sixth-minute stunner as United became the first English team to win at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao. Sir Alex Ferguson, celebrating his 150th Euro game in charge, said: “It was an unbelievable goal, a magnificent hit. It was a fantastic goal but that’s what Cristiano is capable of. His shot took them by surprise and the goalkeeper had no chance. The boys played well. We had good control at the back and that’s always key. When you have the stability of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at the back it’s a big help.” United face Arsenal in the semi-finals and Fergie added: “There should be some good football played in that one!”
Neil Custis, The Sun

Ahead of the Champions League semi-final against Arsenal, Sir Alex admitted he would settle for a single goal win in the first game.

Arsene Wenger has set his sights on United's European crown after the victory over Villarreal. He said: "It is a test but one we relish. Both teams like to go forward and we will be up for the challenge."

In other news, Real Madrid have once again insisted Ronaldo will be their player next season. Former president Ramon Calderon said: “The next president will have at his disposal one of the best players in the world, who is already committed to Real.”

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