Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he had a feeling before the draw that Real Madrid were going to face Manchester United in the Champions League.
He told SunSport that he just cannot wait for the match which will take place within two weeks.
“On the day of the draw I was out training and I had this strong feeling that we were going to get Manchester United,” Ronaldo said.
“And when the draw was made I was very happy. It’s a tough match of course — Madrid and United are the two biggest clubs in the world and it’s a real 50-50. It could go either way.
“But for me it will be a pleasure, a real pleasure. Of course I know there will be a lot of attention on me but for me there is no pressure, no pressure at all.
“It is only a game, just a football match against my old club. I’m not going to war, I’m going home — and I am really looking forward to it.”
The more interesting fixture will be the second leg that will be played in Manchester. That game will decide who will qualify further towards the main title.
“Manchester was my home and still is in my heart. I love it. Because when people treat you very well you never forget that. And I will never forget United, the people who work there and the supporters,” Ronaldo added.
“So I am so happy to be going back to Manchester.
“I will go and see my old house, see my Manchester friends — they’re a kind of a family to me there and it will be great. It will be fun.
“And finally I will go to the club where I played for many, many years.
He also revealed that the banter with his old-team mates has already begun, but he is wishing for his the Madristas to win.
“It will be so nice. I still speak with quite a few of the United lads: Rio, Patrice, Nani, Anderson,” Ronaldo said.
“The guys have all been joking with me. It will be great to see them again even though it is going to be a very difficult game.
“Manchester United are the best team in England, they are great. Every year they win something.
“And they have a fantastic coach in Sir Alex Ferguson, I know that. But so have we in Jose Mourinho. And he’s my coach now so I obviously hope Mourinho wins!”
Ronaldo was asked that who was better: Sir Alex Ferguson or Jose Mourinho, and to which he replied, “It’s not fair to say, it’s like comparing a Ferrari with a Porsche.”
“Both are very good, very experienced and both like to win — and I mean to win everything.
“That’s why they have both been champions many, many times.”
The first leg will be played at at Santiago Beranbeu on 13th February while the second leg will be played at Old Trafford on 5th March.