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27 February 2024

Ronaldo Old Trafford return 'difficult': Evra

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the Copa del Rey semi final second leg match against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou on February 26, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (GETTY)


Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford this week when his Real Madrid side take on Manchester United in their Champions'League last-16 second leg amid speculation that he might return on a more permanent basis.

One British Sunday newspaper reported he would be willing take a massive pay cut to rejoin United, the club he left for a world record 80 million pounds (92 million euros, $120 million).

But, according to another, manager Alex Ferguson has rubbished reports the former idol would be back with the club next summer.

All the same, United captain Patrice Evra is hopeful his old team-mate is overwhelmed by the reception awaiting him.

Evra says that having spoken to him after the 1-1 draw in Madrid, he feels Ronaldo may find it difficult knowing so much good feeling for him remains amongst the Red Devils faithful.

"It is difficult when you play with love," Evra told MUTV. "Cristiano will get a great reception on Tuesday because of what he achieved for Manchester United. The fans will never forget what he did.

"Also, he still loves the club. I remember after the game in Madrid we had a chat. He said it was going to be more difficult to come here.

"This is his house, so there will be a lot of emotion. I hope he doesn't play well because of that.

"But Ronaldo is a winner. He is a big competitor. If he can win against Manchester United he will do it."