Former United Striker Cristiano Ronaldo has promised that if he will score against Manchester United, he will not celebrate when the two teams clash in February.
Cristiano Ronaldo still remains a legend at United due to a six-year prolific stay at the English club. He turned from a random teenager to the 2008 Ballon d’Or winner under the guidance and leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson. He won eight trophies with United.
Despite his move from the Bernabeu for a record fee of £80 million in 2009, he is still loved and admired by United fans and even the players. His visit is highly anticipated at Old Trafford on March 5th.
However, Ronaldo has shown deep regard for the fans’ love and he has promised that he will not celebrate if he scores.
“I won’t celebrate if I score against United,” Ronaldo told AS. “I still speak with Ferguson. 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 had kept his promise in 2007-08 Champions League group stage fixture against his boyhood club Sporting Lisbon.
When Sir Alex was questioned about how his side would welcome their former player, he said, “It will be fantastic to have him back…
When he comes on to the pitch at Old Trafford he will get a great reception, quite rightly.
“After that they can boo him as much as they like. You have to remember, he came here at 17 and developed himself into a great footballer.
“We are proud of the part we played in his career. To get six years out of a boy when he comes to us at 17, we have done very well.
“He always had a hankering to go to Real Madrid at some point in his career and we helped him on that way. It wasn’t disloyalty. I got another year out of him when he wanted go the previous year.
“He honoured that and did fantastic for us and then went with our blessing. My way of looking at it was that we were lucky to have him for six years. The United fans would share that.”