Champions League: Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid

 

Cristiano Ronaldo v Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

Champions League: Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid

Ronaldo said he felt mixed emotions after the match on his first return to Old Trafford as a Real Madrid player.

CR7 scored the decisive goal to add to his first leg header in Madrid, eliminating United who lost focus after the shocking dismissal of Nani - and were forced to play with just 10 men for much of the second half after Nani was shown a controversial red card for a high foot challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.

After the match, Ronaldo paid tribute to Man United fans and claimed he will “never forget” the warm ovation that greeted him when he appeared prior to kick-off at the Theatre of Dreams, for the first time since leaving in 2009.

“It was an unbelievable night, a very emotional night and what the supporters did for me was massive,” said Ronaldo. “I am never going to forget that moment. The only words I can say are that it was unbelievable.

“I feel happy inside, for Madrid to go through to the next round, but for the other side I feel a little bit sad because it is not easy to forget this home. I played for six years here and the people were very nice to me. I came here like a child. It was quite a strange feeling.

“Not just for this game, but the first game too. I felt a little but shy in my game and I have feelings which I can’t explain. I am happy because Madrid got through, I defend my colleagues and I play for Madrid so I try to do my best all of the time.

“We still have a long way to go in the competition. We have beaten one of the best teams in the world in Manchester United. We will go step by step, but we are in good shape.

CR7 did not comment on Nani's red card and dismissal.

"To be honest I didn't see the replay of what Nani did but these situations happen in football.

I'm not going to say any more because I didn't see the replay."

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