Ronaldo: We can win at Old Trafford

Keeghann Sinanan

Cristiano Ronaldo remains optimistic about Real Madrid’s prospects of making the Champions League quarterfinals after a 1-1 draw against Manchester United in the first leg of the tie.

An enthralling contest saw both sides score a goal in the first half, though the Red Devils’ away goal means that they hold a slender advantage for the second leg at Old Trafford.

But Ronaldo refuses to be daunted despite his side needing to score in England, telling journalists post-match: “At Old Trafford we can win, we always have the initiative to try to win.”

“It was a well-played match. Manchester United are very strong defensively, but we created problems for them. Tonight we missed a few goals, but we do not worry. [The tie] is all open. “

The Portugal international scored on the half hour mark to cancel out Danny Welbeck’s opener, but refused to celebrate, a decision he says was born out of his respect and affection for his former club.

“I did not want to celebrate the goal out of respect, as I played there for six years. I grew up there, and I have a special affection [for Manchester United].

Both teams will lock horns once again for the return leg in three weeks, though Madrid has the small matter of two clashes against arch-rival Barcelona before making the trip to Manchester.

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