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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo admits he misses life at Manchester United. The Portuguese forward became the world’s most expensive player when he left Old Trafford to move to the Bernabeu in an £80million switch three years ago. Since then, Ronaldo has emerged as one of Real’s greatest-ever players, scoring a jaw-dropping 140 goals in 138 matches. But despite his success in Spain, Ronaldo claims he still has fond memories of the time he spent in the North West under Alex Ferguson. The 27-year-old told Zoo: “I speak with Sir Alex sometimes and of course I miss Manchester. It felt like I left a family back there because I spent six years with all those guys and I still have a very good relationship with Ferguson and the rest of the lads. I still speak with Rio Ferdinand, Nani, Anderson and Patrice Evra. I still see them as a big family, so of course I miss them. I especially miss the apple crumble and custard they served at Carrington after training — it was amazing!" When asked what he specifically missed about working under Fergie, Ronaldo joked: “Ha! I miss his good moods all the time! Always happy. Ha ha! But he always had a good energy around the players and the team — and I miss that.”
Several newspapers, including The Guardian, pick up on an interview Sir Alex conducted with French radio station RMC. "I came to watch Lille play Lyon and followed Eden Hazard, of course, along with other players," revealed the boss. "He is a very good player who has many qualities. He is particularly fast over the first 10 yards."
Sir Alex also commented on the rivalry with Manchester City. "The difference is perhaps that we're trying to build with youth," he asserted.