Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo ready for facing Manchester United
Last Updated: February 3, 2013 3:33pm
Cristiano Ronaldo: Set to face Man United for the first time since moving to Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo always wanted to face Manchester United in the Champions League and thinks his return to Old Trafford will be like a family reunion.
The two world-renowned clubs are getting ready to face off in the last 16 of Europe, with the first leg at the Bernabeu on 13th February before a second meeting in England on 5th March.
Ronaldo will as a result face United for the first time since his record-breaking £80million transfer to Spain in the summer of 2009.
And the Portuguese superstar said in The Sun: "On the day of the draw, I was out training and I had this strong feeling that we were going to get Manchester United.
"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."
Ronaldo, who scored an own goal in Real's 1-0 La Liga defeat by Granada on Saturday night, added: "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.
"So I am so happy to be going back to Manchester.
"I will go and see my old house and see my Manchester friends. They're a kind of a family to me there and it will be great. It will be fun."