Real Madrid Update: Real Madrid v Manchester United Tickets

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Ahead of the mouth-watering clash of football giants, Man United's boss Sir Alex Ferguson talked about his former player CR7.

Cristiano Ronaldo is 'the complete player', said Sir Alex Ferguson. 

Ferguson believes Ronaldo has turned into "the complete player" since his departure from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009.

However Ronaldo was overlooked this year for the Ballon D'Or Award for the World's Best Footballer in favour of Lionel Messi. Ronaldo won it in 2008 in recognition of his phenomenal 42-goals for United's Champions League and Premier League double.

Ferguson and his men will have to stop the 27-year-old next month when Real Madrid and United clash in the Champions League.

"Maturity brings many things," Ferguson said. "When I went to see them (Real Madrid) play against City, some of his decision-making in terms of passing was brilliant. One-touch passing, good crosses.

"In the six years we had him, you just saw his game grow all the time, and he was a fantastic player. Now you see the complete player.

"His decision-making, his maturity, his experience, plus all the great skills he has got, they all make him the complete player."

"Obviously you hope that when you draw Real Madrid it's in the final," he said. "It will be a big, big event – we're the two most high-profile clubs in the world and I think they will be great games."

Before that, United have a few interesting Premier League assignments, none more so than the visit of Liverpool to Old Trafford on Sunday.

The corresponding fixture last season marked the low point in the racism row involving Luis Suárez and Patrice Evra – the Uruguayan refusing to shake hands, triggering a furious reaction from the Frenchman.

However Evra did shake hands with Suárez at Anfield this season, leading Ferguson to conclude that the action will be confined to the actual match this weekend.

"There will always be a certain buildup to a Manchester United-Liverpool game, simply because of the history between the two clubs, the two most successful in the country," he said.

"It brings its own agenda in terms of profile and pre-match discussion. Last year it was unfortunate with the Suárez behaviour. I think hopefully it is behind both clubs now and we can just look forward to the game."

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