WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

05/02/2013 09:19

Papers: Ronny's Euro warning

Ralph Ellis writes in the Daily Mail...

Ronaldo sends out warning ahead of Euro clash
Cristiano Ronaldo has poured praise on Sir Alex Ferguson for "teaching me the game" but warned he plans to put all gratitude on hold by helping knock Manchester United out of the Champions League. The flamboyant Real Madrid striker knows he will be the central figure of an epic last 16 tie when he returns to Old Trafford for the second leg. But the Portuguese expects to relish the limelight, saying: “I believe things will go well. In my opinion Real Madrid have a better team, although we have to show that on the pitch because United are a very united team and always have been in recent years.” Despite that bullish forecast the 28-year-old is in no mood to upset anybody at the club where he found fame after Ferguson bought him from Sporting Club de Portugal in 2003 as an 18-year-old. In an interview to be published in Champions magazine on Wednesday, Ronaldo said: “I have wanted to face United for some time because I have great memories of my time there. Sir Alex taught me the basis of football. I arrived in Manchester when I was only 18. He managed my career in the best possible way, and for me he is one of the most important people in football. I still have an excellent relationship with him and it will be nice to see him again. It will be a match in which I will feel a lot. I was there for six years and I have a lot of friends. It will be a match with a lot of emotion.”

The same paper features comments made by Rio Ferdinand, reiterating his desire to play for England again. “It is what it is,” the veteran defender is quoted. “I'm not being picked. The manager hasn't picked me. If I got picked I'd pack my bags and go straight there.”

Elsewhere, The Sun says Phil Jones could be sidelined for several weeks with Shingles after the youngster pulled out of England U21 action with the infection, which is more commonly known as 'adult chickenpox'.

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