Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that last night’s return to Old Trafford was a difficult and emotional one as Real Madrid sent Manchester United crashing out of the Champions League.
Ronaldo was overshadowed in the match as referee Cuneyt Cakir took centre stage and all the back page headlines after a questionable call to dismiss Luis Nani before the hour mark.
The Portuguese captain inevitably scored the goal which booked Madrid’s place in the next round of the competition, and also scored in the Bernabeu when the two sides met.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Ronaldo said: “It was unbelievable, it was an emotional moment for me. I don’t have the words to explain what I feel.
“What the supporters do for me made me feel shy because, in my opinion, in both games I didn’t play like I play all the time, to a good level. But I helped my team by scoring one goal at home and one away.
“I am happy inside because Madrid got through, but on the other hand I feel a little bit sad because of Manchester United. But it is part of football, and I am wearing the white collar.”
The 28-year-old has been linked with Manchester United persistently amid reports that the player is unhappy in the Spanish capital, and he didn’t rule out a return to Manchester.
“In the future, you never know,” he said. “The supporters and the club, it is massive. You never know, but I am very happy at Real Madrid and I want to be there.
“We have had an unbelievable week, winning both games against Barcelona and then beating Manchester United. We are in good shape and we want to carry on like that because we want to win this competition.”