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Winger could return to the Theatre of Dreams
Cristiano Ronaldo has opened the door on a sensational return to United. The 2008 World Player of the Year quit for Real Madrid in a mega £80million transfer last summer. In an exclusive News of the World interview, Ron admits he misses his Old Trafford "family" and refuses to rule out playing for United again. "Of course I miss playing for United," admitted the Portuguese superstar. "Not just the club but my friends are still there, too. I played there for six years, that's a long time. Whenever I have the opportunity, I watch them play. I am still interested in watching United and, you never know, maybe in the future I could return there. It's always possible."
Cliff Hayes, News of the World
Gary Neville and Clarence Seedorf have cranked up the tension ahead of Tuesday’s match against AC Milan, according to Richard Tanner of the Daily Express. He reports that Seedorf dismissed United as “outsiders”, while Neville said his team will not be distracted by facing old boy David Beckham. The Reds captain is quoted as saying: “It won’t be that strange to line up against him. We have played against former team-mates like my brother and Nicky Butt, so you get used to it.”
Writing for the Telegraph, Oliver Brown has pinpointed Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato as Milan’s main threat to the Reds on Tuesday night. He lauds the 18-year-old as a player who can “indulge in an array of touches and tricks and to rival Barcelona’s Lionel Messi”.
David Pleat is also talking tactics in the Guardian, saying the Reds can use the Rossoneri’s “lack of pace” to their advantage. He claims that despite their brilliance, Milan have an ageing side. He also highlighted Ronaldinho v Rafael, Pato v Evra and Gattuso v Scholes as the three key battles.